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Recipe of Gujarati Toor Dal | How to Make Gujarati Toor Dal

Vama Dattani | Thursday, August 07, 2014 |
Gujarati Toor Dal
Sweet and sour lentil curry made with pigeon pea in gujarati style

Lentil curry is a very popular dish in every Indian household. Different types of lentils are used and made into a curry. Pigeon pea/toor dal is one of the famous lentil. Different regions prepare the dal in different ways. Today I am sharing with you the gujarati version of toor dal. The style of tempering and cooking of this dal is different. It is one of my favourite dal and is made once a week at my home.

As a vegetarian it fulfils the necessary protein supplement in our diet and has great amounts of complex dietary fibres. Gujarati toor dal is very simple without onion and garlic, yet very yummy.  It is sweet and sour to taste. 

When you are tired after coming from shopping or a long trip, you always want to have home food and the dishes that come to your mind are Khichdi or dal rice. Gujarati toor dal goes best with plain steamed rice.  It is made during lunch with a full meal at our home on weekdays.

If you are looking for other dal recipes check Jain Moong DalDal FryDal DhokliStuffed Dal Dhokli

If you are looking for other gujarati recipes check Patra , Tikha Gathiya


So lets proceed step by step to make gujarati toor dal


Take 1/2 cup of toor dal in a bowl.

Wash the dal with water 3 to 4 times. If you prefer you can soak the dal for 15-20 minutes to quicken the cooking process. Now add the dal in pressure cooker with 1.5 cups of water

Cook the toor dal for 3-4 whistles till the dal is tender. With the help of hand blender blend dal and water together. Add water to dal for desired thickness

In a deep bottom pan heat oil and add mustard seeds & cumin seeds

Add dry red chilli, cinnamon stick, cloves & curry leaves and saute for a minute. My mother in law calls this dry(sukha) masala.

Now add the boiled and blended dal and mix well.

Add the Indian spices like turmeric powder, red chilli powder, salt, lemon juice.

Mix all the ingredients well. Add finely cut ginger, chillies, tomatoes, curry leaves and coriander leaves. My MIL calls this fresh green(hara) masala.

Coriander leaves are optional in this step. You can add them in the end for garnishing but I always prefer to add coriander leaves twice in this dal. Adding coriander leaves gives nice flavour and I like it that way.

Now add peanuts 

To make the dal sweet you can add sugar or jaggery. Generally at our home we prefer adding jaggery pieces. There is not much difference in taste between jaggery and sugar added to dal.

Mix all the ingredients well and bring the dal to boil. Cook for about 2-3 minutes.

At this step taste the dal and adjust it according to your taste.

Gujarati khatti mitthi toor dal is ready. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with steamed rice.

Gujarati Toor Dal
A full Gujarati meal consists of dal (lentil or pulses), chawal (rice), phulka (flat bread) and sabzi (green vegetable), not to forget salad and papad by the side :).  A complete supplement of carbohydrates, proteins and vitamins.

Today along with this toor dal I have also made a famous Gujarati sabzi called Guvar Dhokli. Don't forget to check the recipe :)

   
Gujarati Toor Dal

Gujarati Toor Dal Sweet and sour lentil curry made with pigeon pea in gujarati style
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Main
Serves: 2
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Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup Toor Dal/Tuvar Dal
  • 3 tablespoon Oil
  • 1/2 inch cinnamon stick
  • 2 Cloves/lavang
  • 1 Dry Red Chilli
  • 1/4th tablespoon Mustard Seeds
  • 1/4th Cumin Seeds
  • 1/4th tablespoon Red chilli Powder
  • 1/4th tablespoon Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 1 tablespoon Chopped Green Chilli and Ginger
  • 1 small Tomato
  • 4-5 Curry Leaves
  • 1/4th cup Peanuts
  • Handful Coriander Leaves
  • Salt to Taste

Instructions
  1. Take 1/2 cup of toor dal in a bowl
  2. Wash the dal with water 3 to 4 times. If you prefer you can soak the dal for 15-20 minutes to quicken the cooking process. Now add the dal in pressure cooker with 1.5 cups of water
  3. Cook the toor dal for 3-4 whistles till the dal is tender. With the help of hand blender blend dal and water together. Add water to dal for desired thickness
  4. In a deep bottom pan heat oil and add mustard seeds & cumin seeds
  5. Add dry red chilli, cinnamon stick, cloves & curry leaves and saute for a minute. My mother in law calls this dry(sukha) masala
  6. Now add the boiled and blended dal and mix well
  7. Add the Indian spices like turmeric powder, red chilli powder, salt, lemon juice
  8. Mix all the ingredients well. Add finely cut ginger, chillies, tomatoes, curry leaves and coriander leaves
  9. Now add peanuts and jaggery
  10. Mix all the ingredients well and bring the dal to boil. Cook for about 2-3 minutes. At this step taste the dal and adjust it according to your taste
  11. Gujarati khatti mitthi toor dal is ready. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with steamed rice.
Gujarati Toor Dal




Tips 
  1. Toor/tuvar dal is a little heavy to digest so you must avoid it at night.
  2. You can add fenugreek seeds while boiling dal.
  3. I always prefer adding jaggery for adding sweetness to dal because its rich in iron.
  4. Before using the coriander leaves chop them and soak them in water. By doing this all the dirt will settle down. Then squeeze out the leaves and add to dal or anything else.
  5. You can add vegetables like zucchini or bottle guard if you like when you are boiling the dal. At our home its made without veggies.
  6. Remember if you do not add the dry and fresh green masalas you will find something missing in dal. So add all the specified ingredients.
If you are looking for other dal recipes check Jain Moong Dal, Dal Fry, Dal Dhokli, Stuffed Dal Dhokli

If you are looking for other gujarati recipes check Patra , Tikha Gathiya

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