Tomato Dal/ Pappu - By VahChef @ VahRehVah.com





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Tomato Dal or tomato pappu is an excellent stew made with lentils cooked in tomatoes. This recipe is immensely simple to make and the taste is out of this world.
Indian lentil cooked with tomatoes tomato daal, tomato pappu
Tomato Pappu is an integral dish of every day Andhra vegetarian food. This dish is very simple, earthy and a soulful food. Tur dal or Kandi Pappu with tomato is a winning combination and addition of fresh coriander adds a perfect touch. Pappu in telugu is known as the dal.

Tomato dal is a dazzling dal recipe and a basic and beginners favorite in Indian cooking. This dish is a main course dish served with rice, chapattis for a hearty and satisfying meal. Dal is the yellow lentil which have been stripped of their outer hulls and split. It also refers to the thick stew prepared from these, an important part of Indian, Nepali, Pakistani, Sri Lankan, and Bangladeshi cuisine.

Dal is a dish that is regularly eaten with rice and vegetables in Southern India, and either with rice and roti (wheat-based flat bread) throughout Northern India & Pakistan. Dal is a ready source of proteins for a balanced diet containing little or no meat. Sri Lankan cooking of dal resembles that of southern Indian dishes. There are many ways of making the dal as per the spices available region wise.

Although dal generally refers to split pulses, whole pulses are known as sabut dals and split pulses as dhuli dals. The hulling of a pulse is intended to improve digestibility and palatability, but as with milling of whole grains into refined grains, affects the nutrition provided by the dish, reducing dietary fiber content. Pulses with their outer hull intact are also quite popular in India and Pakistan as the main cuisine. Over 50 different varieties of pulses are known in India and Pakistan.

Tomato Dal is nothing but a stew made with lentils cooked in tomatoes. It's an Indian specialty and the recipe is more or else the same everywhere with slight variations. Immensely simple to make and the taste is out of this world. It's very low in fat and is one of those rare dishes which can be served just the way it is for an elaborate party dinner but also enjoyed on a day to day basis.

Tomatoes are such an important part of Indian cooking. There's so much you can do with it and at the same time not a lot you can do without it. There are a lot of Indian recipes that are solely dedicated to tomatoes. Tadka Tomato Dal along with tomato and cilantro chutney, it's something which is kind of a staple in North Indian homes and is very easy to put together.

For this dish here goes the recipe, put the dal in the pressure cooker. Once the dal is cooked mash the lentils well and keep aside. Add oil in and once it is hot, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds. Once they crackle add garlic, curry leaves and sauté till they slightly change their color then add onion and fry till transparent, add tomatoes, turmeric powder, chilli powder, green chillies, salt and sauté all ingredients well. Cook till the tomatoes are soft and cooked. If require you can add little water to it. Lastly add the mashed dal and mix well simmer the heat and cook till the right consistency you require.

This dal has a very distinctive flavor of tomatoes, curry leaves and spices. Tastes awesome with steamed rice! One of the best comfort food easy to cook! To make this wonderful dish do watch the making at:


Tomatoes are amazing red fleshy vegetables having a natural sweetness and tangy taste. They are an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin A, and vitamin K. They are also a very good source of molybdenum, potassium, manganese, dietary fiber, chromium, and vitamin B1. In addition, tomatoes are a good source of vitamin B6, folate, copper, niacin, vitamin B2, magnesium, iron, pantothenic acid, phosphorus, vitamin E and protein.

Curry Leaves 12 Numbers
Cumin seeds 1 Teaspoons
Garlic (crushed)flakes 8 Numbers
Green Chillies (slit into half & seeded) 4 Numbers
Onions (finely chopped) 90 Grams
Clarified Butter 1/4 Cup
Toor daal 1 Cup
Mustard seeds 3/4 Teaspoons
Salt To Taste
Red Chilli Powder 1 Teaspoons
whole Red Chillies 4 Numbers
Tomatoes (chopped) 500 Grams
Turmeric powder 1 Teaspoons

Put daal in a pan and cook Add oil add garlic, onion, add tomatoes, turmeric, red chilli powder and green chillies.

Cook all the ingredients scum, reduce to low heat, simmer, stirring at regular intervals, add mashed lentil . Continue to simmer.

To prepare the tempering, heat ghee in frying pan, add mustard and cumin seeds, stir on medium heat until they begin to pop, add garlic and stir -fry until golden brown.

Then add red chillies and curry leaves, stir until the chillies becomes bright red, and pour over the simmering daal.

Remove and adjust seasoning.


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