1medium sized onion- approx ⅓ to ½ cup chopped onions
10 to 12curry leaves
1green chili- chopped
½inchginger + 3 to 4 medium garlic cloves- crushed to a paste in a mortar-pestle or 1 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste
2medium tomatoes- approx 1 to 1.25 cups chopped tomatoes
¼teaspoonred chili powder
a pinch of asafoetida(hing)
2cupswaterfor pressure cooking
soaking arhar dal
Pick, rinse and soak arhar dal (pigeon pea lentils) for 15 to 20 minutes.
Later drain all the water and keep the lentils aside.
making tomato dal
Heat oil or ghee in the pressure cooker.
Add the mustard seeds first and let them crackle.
Then add the cumin seeds and let them splutter.
Add the onions, curry leaves and green chilies. Sauté the onions till they turn translucent.
Add the ginger-garlic paste and saute for a few seconds on a low to medium flame till their raw aroma goes away.
Now add the tomatoes, red chili powder, turmeric powder, asafoetida and salt and saute for 2 to 3 minutes on a medium-low flame.
Add the lentils and water. Mix well.
cooking tomato dal
Pressure cook on high flame for 5 to 6 whistles or till the dal is cooked completely. Timing to cook dal will depend upon the quality of dal and intensity of flame.
When the pressure settles down, remove the lid.
Mash the dal lightly and add ½ cup water or as required to get a medium consistency in the dal. Mix well.
Simmer the tomato dal for 5 to 7 minutes on a low to medium flame till you get a dal which is neither thin nor thick but having a medium consistency.
Check the taste and add more salt if required.
Garnish with coriander leaves.
Serve andhra tomato pappu hot with steamed rice, pickle and vegetable salad.
To make this dal without a pressure cooker:
Soak lentils for an hour before cooking them.
Follow the same recipe method. However, add 3 to 3.5 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.