How To make Toor Dal (Arhr)

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  • 1 cup yellow Toor dal
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • Salt to taste
  • small onion diced
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 green chillis, slit in halves
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons ghee or oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin (jeera) seeds
  • 2 dry red chillis
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • One pinch asafoetida (hing) powder



  1. Rinse toor dal; soak in water for 30 minutes.
  2. Heat dal and water with salt until boiling. Reduce heat to medium and cook 15 to 20 minutes, until
  3. tender and thickened. Add more water, if necessary, to prevent drying out.
  4. To the cooked dal, add ginger, chilli, tomato and turmeric. Continue simmering.
  5. Heat oil in a small pan over medium heat and add cumin seeds,dry chillis, onion, asafoetida and garlic; stir until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Stir mixture into dal and add coriander; mix well.

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