tomato dal recipe, how to make tomato dal, andhra tomato pappu recipe

tomato dal recipe

this tomato dal is inspired from the andhra cuisine known for its bold and spicy flavors. however, this andhra style tomato dal is neither spicy nor hot.

the dal has the the tang and the flavors of tomatoes. here i have done the tempering first and then sauted the onions, ginger, garlic, tomatoes. later arhar dal or pigeon pea lentils are added and cooked till done . the result is a mild, slightly tangy and comforting dal that is best had with steamed rice and some ghee. have a side vegetable dish or a vegetable raita and you have a complete meal.

dal is also called as “pappu” in the telugu language. dal is a staple in indian homes and there are many many variations of making dal which vary from state to state as well as from home to home.

in the pic below, tomato dal is served with lemon pickle, rava dhokla, cucumber-carrot salad with steamed rice.

andhra tomato dal

if you are looking for more dal recipes then do check amritsari dal, gujarati dal, dal makhani, maharashtrian amti dal and moong dal tadka.

andhra tomato dal recipe below:

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tomato dal - andhra style tomato pappu
 
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tomato dal or tomato pappu - andhra style tomato dal where pigeon pea lentils are cooked with tomatoes and other spices-herbs. slightly tangy and a flavorful dal best had with steamed rice.
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Recipe type: main
Cuisine: andhra, indian
Serves: 3-4
Ingredients
  • 1 cup arhar dal/tuvar dal/pigeon pea lentils
  • 2 medium tomatoes - approx 1 to 1.25 cups chopped tomatoes
  • 1 small onion - approx ½ cup chopped onions
  • 1 green chili - chopped
  • 10-12 curry leaves/kadi patta
  • ½ inch ginger + 3-4 garlic - crushed into a paste in a mortar-pestle
  • ½ tsp mustard seeds/rai
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • a pinch of asafoetida/hing
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • ¼ tsp red chili powder
  • 2.5 cups water for pressure cooking
  • 2 tbsp oil or ghee
Instructions
  1. pick, rinse and soak the arhar dal or pigein pea lentils for 15-20 mins.
  2. heat oil or ghee in the pressure cooker.
  3. add the mustard seeds first and let them start making popping sounds.
  4. then add the cumin seeds and allow them to crackle.
  5. add the onions, curry leaves and green chilies. saute the onions till translucent.
  6. add the ginger and garlic paste and saute for 30 seconds on a low to medium flame.
  7. now add the tomatoes, red chili powder, turmeric powder, asafoetida and salt and saute for 2-3 minutes on a low flame.
  8. drain the lentils and add. stir and then add water.
  9. pressure cook on high flame for 7-8 whistles or till the dal is cooked completely.
  10. when the pressure settles down, remove the lid.
  11. mash the dal lightly and add ¾ or 1 cup water to the dal to get a medium consistency. stir well.
  12. simmer the dal for 5-7 minutes on a low to medium flame till you get a dal which is neither thin nor thick but having a medium consistency.
  13. check the taste and add more salt if required.
  14. garnish the tomato dal with coriander leaves.
  15. serve tomato dal hot with steamed rice, pickle and vegetable salad.
Notes
to make this dal without a pressure cooker - follow the same recipe method. however, add 4 to 4.5 cups water and cover & cook the lentils till they become soft and thoroughly cooked. there should be no separate grains visible. the consistency of the lentils should be smooth and creamy. add more water if required. use a deep pot while cooking as the lentils start frothing while cooking. if the mixture froths up and starts coming out, then remove the lid and cook.



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  1. karthik says

    Thanks for the receipe!!!!

    Indeed it came well. My pressure cooker had black stains after 7-8 whistles. I feel 3-4 is good enough for this.pls confirm.

  2. Saloni says

    Hi Dassana,

    I’m just out of college and don’t know to cook very well. My mom fell sick today so I took initiative to cook lunch for my family. I was looking out for a simple yellow dal and came across your recipe. I prepared it and to my surprise everyone loved it!! :D

    Thank you for sharing this awesome method..everyone’s compliments made my day :D

    Regards,
    Saloni :)

  3. Patrick says

    Very nice! There is also a variation of this recipe which uses Garam Masala. This Dal is very delicious when served with fresh veggies too, as for my taste I add around 3-4 spoons of crushed garlic. Will try other Dal recipes soon, thanks!

  4. Ravi says

    Hi Dassana,
    I have tried this dal today at home. My wife was pleasantly surprised with it.
    I have been getting great compliments from her ever since I started cooking on weekends looking at your recipes. Thank you very much for sharing the success mantras.

    Keep up the good work.

    Regards,
    Ravi

  5. Jigna veera says

    Hi Dassana i tried andhra pappu it was awesom n my kid loved it a lot thank you…..
    wish to get more help from your recipes

    • says

      shruti, putting step by step post takes lot of time and effort. so i prefer to put step by step post for difficult recipes only. any doubt or query about a recipe then you are always welcome to ask. happy cooking.

    • says

      i have mentioned in the notes section on how to cook without pressure cooker – pasted here again:

      to make this dal without a pressure cooker – follow the same recipe method. however, add 4 to 4.5 cups water and cover & cook the lentils till they become soft and thoroughly cooked. there should be no separate grains visible. the consistency of the lentils should be smooth and creamy. add more water if required. use a deep pot while cooking as the lentils start frothing while cooking. if the mixture froths up and starts coming out, then remove the lid and cook.