• Toor dal – 4 tsp Or 1 ½ tbsp
  • Red Ripe Tomatoes – 1 small 
  • Olive Oil – 1tsp
  • Ginger Root, 1 tsp 
  • Salt – to taste
  • Red chilli – as per taste
  • Cumin Powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander Powder – 1/2 tsp 
  • Lemon juice – squeeze lime as per taste
  • Black Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp
  • Water – depending on dal consistency


  • Wash and cook the lentils in a pressure cooker for about 10 minutes.
  • While the Lentils are cooking prepare the tomatoes, ginger and chillies. 
  • Once lentils are cooked, remove and puree them when they are a little cooler.
  • Set aside.
  • In a  pot add oil and heat.
  • Add mustard seeds to the oil and wait for them to pop.
  • Once mustard seeds have popped add the tomatoes, saute for about 1 minute. 
  • Add the pureed lentils and water.  
  • Now add the chillies and ginger and the rest of the spices.
  • Simmer the flame for about 15 minutes.
  • Check water levels regularly so as to not burn the dal.
  • Taste to see if there is a little sour kick to the dal, if not add some lemon juice.   

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