Monday, October 18, 2010

Dhal Fry

When I was talking to my mom about what to cook one day, she told me that she made this toor dhal curry and it came out well. We usually use this technique for moong dhal but now we used the same recipe for toor dhal too. Most of the time, I just make some dhal and rasam for our lunch along with a vegetable. But everytime I made dhal, I used to just season it with curry leaves and mustard, add salt and mix it with rice. This time I tried this recipe and it was different and came out well. Not too elaborate yet tasty. 


Toor dhal - 1/4 cup
Big Onion - 1/2 chopped fine
Tomato - 1 chopped fine
Green chilli - 1
Ginger - 1 tbsp chopped fine or grated.
Salt - to taste
Turmeric - a pinch

To Season
Oil - 1 tbsp
Mustard Seeds - 1 tsps
Cumin Seeds - 1 tsps
Urad Dhal - 1 tsps
Asafoetida -  a pinch
Curry leaf - 6-8 leaves


In a pressure pan, heat oil and add mustard. When splutters, add urad dhal and add curry leaves cumin seeds, asafoetida and fry for few seconds. Addgreen chilli, ginger and fry for few seconds. 

Now  add onion and fry till it caramelizes. Add tomato and fry till it becomes tender. Add turmeric powder, mix well.

Add toor dhal and salt. Mix the ingredients well and add sufficient water to cook toor dhal. 

Close pressure cooker and let it cook for 2 sounds. (Mine needs 2 sounds. It varies according to different pressure cookers)

Mix well and garnish with cilantro. Serve it with hot rice along with papad. 

Its different from the regular dhal fry. 

Note: You could cook toor dhal seperately and then add it to the sauteed onion tomato and mix well and cook for about 5 mins and remove from heat. I somehow feel the pressure cook method simpler and easier. Consumes less time. 


  1. Simple yet tasty dish, this is my favorite too..

  2. So comforting. My mom make a dhal (she makes a few different types) using a mix of moong and toor..we called it 'black dhal' when we were little :)

  3. The yellow dal is my favorite...dal fry is truly anytime comfort food.

  4. You made the regular dal fry look interesting.

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  6. I love dahl, and this dish sounds delicious! I often serve rice, dahl and vegetables for lunch too.

  7. This is one comfort food which I can have almost everyday for lunch. Thank you so much for linking this healthy and delicious looking dhal to Any One Can Cook :)

  8. Dal fry looks very comforting Amritha,dal fry with papad sounds super good.

    Pushpa @

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  10. Hi Amrita ,
    daal looks very delicious ...i love daal n ur version sounds very interesting ...
    Hey dear ur feed is not working so ur blog is not update in my blog list...n thats why i am unable to visit u often ...hope u don't mind
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  12. Delicious daal fry..nothing can be more comforting than this paired with some hot steamed rice..yum!

    US Masala

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  14. I too used to cook using the method u have given in note.. but the first one looks easier and have to use just one pot!


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