Easy south indian style tomato dal aka the legendary "Tamata pappu".


Vegetables etc.Edit

  • Toor Dal – 3/4 Cup 
  • Tomatoes – 2
  • Green Chillies -2


  • Turmeric Powder – 1/4tsp
  • Salt to Taste

For TemperingEdit

  • Curry Leaves – Few
  • Fenugreek Seeds – a few seeds
  • Urad Dal– 1tsp
  • Chana Dal- 1tsp
  • Mustard Seeds – 1tsp
  • Red Chili Powder – 1 1/4tsp
  • Asafoetida – 1/8tsp
  • Ghee – 2tsps


  1. Pressure cook the washed dal with roughly chopped tomatoes. 
  2. Once done, add red chili powder, salt and turmeric powder to the cooked dal.
  3. Heat the ghee in a kadhai. Once the ghee is hot add the urad dal and chana dal. After a short while add the fenugreek seeds and wait till aromatic. Add mustard seeds and let them splutter. Quickly add curry leaves, green chillies and asafoetida. 
  4. Add the cooked dal to the kadhai and mix well.


This recipe is adapted from

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