Tomato and Onion Cooked with Masoor Dal

 Masoor dal combined with onion and tomatoes (I have added a small sponge gourd chopped finely). Suits well for any flat bread and steamed rice.
Prep Time
10 Minutes + Soaking Time
Cooking Time
35-40 Minutes
4-5 People
Masoor Dal
Ginger / Garlic (minced)
Red Chilli Powder
Rasam Powder
Sugar / Jaggery
1 Cup
1 Medium
1 Small
1 Tsp.
½ Tsp.
1 Tsp.
To Taste
To Taste
Cumin Seeds
1 Tbsp.
1 Tsp.
A Pinch
1.     Soak masoor dal for 2-3 hours.
2.     Finely chop onion and tomato.
3.     Drain the water and cook the dal in the pressure cooker for 4-5 whistles.
4.     Heat oil in a separate pan, add cumin seeds stir for a minute and add chopped onion and sauté for 3-4 minutes.
Note: At this point you can add ginger / garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes.
5.     Add tomato and cook for 5-6 minutes. At this point add chilli powder, Rasam powder, salt and jaggery, give a good mix and cook for 3-4 minutes.
If the tomatoes are not sour enough you can add ½ tsp. of tamarind pulp and then cook for 2-3 minutes more.
6.     Mix the cooked dal and adjust the consistency by adding water.
7.     Let it boil and cook well.
8.     Garnish with coriander leaves and serve.


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