Toor dal recipe (Punjabi Arhar ki dal)

Toor dal recipe or arhar ki dal – split pigeon peas are cooked Punjabi style. Boiled tuvar/toor dal is cooked with onion, tomato and spices and topped with butter.

Toor dal recipe | Arhar ki dal recipe | Punjabi arhar dal

Toor dal or arhar dal is most commonly used dal in Indian. Every region has their own version of making it.
E.g. Gujarati dalMaharashtrian varanAndhra style pappu recipe.

Now today I shared the Punjabi version of it.

There is another punjabi dal fry recipe made from arhar dal. Most of the ingredients and procedure for this recipe vs dal fry recipe are same. Still the taste and flavors are different because of the different couple of ingredients.

When it comes to toor dal, I always end up making gujarati dal. But while reading the The Dhabas Of Amritsar cookbook, I came across to this recipe. I gave it a shot and it was really good. Still I would make my regular dal on everyday basis. And I prefer to make this dal occasionally as it uses ghee and butter.

Amchur powder is added in the dal. It gives the tang to the dal which is much different than the lemon juice.

As you know that Punjabi food is known for its rich food. At the end butter or makhan is added. It makes it rich and buttery. Also at the beginning, whole spices and onion-tomato are sauted in ghee, not in oil.


How to make toor dal recipe or arhar dal recipe:


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1) Wash the dal under running cold water till water runs clear. take it to the pressure cooker. Add 1 ½ cups of water, salt and turmeric powder.

2) Cover the cooker with lid, put the weight on. Turn the heat on medium. Let it cook for 5-6 whistles. Let the pressure go down by itself then open the lid.
Toor dal recipe | Arhar ki dal recipe | Punjabi arhar dal

3) lightly mash the dal using the back of the spatula.

4) It should have some texture. so we don’t want to make it totally mushy and pasty.
Toor dal recipe | Arhar ki dal recipe | Punjabi arhar dal

5) Now heat the ghee in a pan on medium heat. Once hot add cloves and bay leaf. Saute for a minute. you will get the nice aroma of the spices.

6) Then add cumin seeds and let them sizzle a bit.
Toor dal recipe | Arhar ki dal recipe | Punjabi arhar dal

7) Add sliced onions and sprinkle some salt. Be careful, we have already salted the dal. Cook till onions get Soft and light brown in color.

8) Then add ginger paste and garlic paste. Cook for a minute or till the raw smell of them goes away.
Toor dal recipe | Arhar ki dal recipe | Punjabi arhar dal

9) Add chopped tomatoes and mix.

10) Cook till tomatoes are soft and mushy.
Toor dal recipe | Arhar ki dal recipe | Punjabi arhar dal

11) Then add red chili powder.

12) Mix and cook for a minute.
Toor dal recipe | Arhar ki dal recipe | Punjabi arhar dal

13) Add boiled dal and another 1 cup of water.

14) Mix well and bring it to a simmer.
Toor dal recipe | Arhar ki dal recipe | Punjabi arhar dal

15) Then add amchur powder and garam masala. Also add slit green chili. Stir well.

16) Add butter.
Toor dal recipe | Arhar ki dal recipe | Punjabi arhar dal

18) Mix well and let it simmer for 5-7 minutes. Add more water if dal gets too thick.

19) Turn off the stove. Lastly add chopped coriander leaves, stir.
Toor dal recipe | Arhar ki dal recipe | Punjabi arhar dal

Toor dal is ready to serve. If not serving right away then keep it covered, so it stays warm.

Serving suggestion: Serve arhar dal with plain rice or jeera rice. The consistency of this dal is thick, so you can have it with paratha or naan as well.

Toor dal recipe | Arhar ki dal recipe | Punjabi arhar dal

Toor dal recipe | Arhar ki dal recipe | Punjabi arhar dal
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Toor dal recipe (Arhar dal recipe)

US measuring cups are used (1 cup = 240 ml)
Course Main Course
Cuisine North Indian, Punjabi
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Yield 2 servings
Author Kanan

Ingredients (1 cup = 240 ml)

For pressure cooking:

  • ½ cup Arhar dal (toor dal or split pigeon peas)
  • 1 ½ cups Water
  • Salt to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon Turmeric powder

For making arhar dal recipe:

  • 1 tablespoon Ghee (clarified butter)
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 2 Cloves
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • ½ of the onion or 1/3 cup Onion sliced
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger paste or freshly grated or crushed
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic paste or freshly grated
  • 1 small or ½ cup Tomato chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Red chili powder
  • 1 cup Water
  • ½ teaspoon Amchur powder (Dried mango powder)
  • ½ teaspoon Garam masala
  • 1 Green chili slit
  • 1 tablespoon Unsalted butter or white butter or makhan
  • 2 tablespoons Cilantro or coriander leaves finely chopped

Instructions

Pressure cooking the toor dal:

  1. Wash toor dal under running cold water till water runs clear.
  2. take it to the pressure cooker. Add 1 ½ cups of water, salt and turmeric powder.
  3. Cover the cooker with lid, put the weight on. Turn the heat on medium.
  4. Let it cook for 5-6 whistles and turn off the stove.
  5. Let the pressure go down by itself then open the lid.
  6. lightly mash the dal using the back of the spatula.

Making arhar dal recipe:

  1. Now heat the ghee in a pan on medium heat.
  2. Once hot add cloves and bay leaf. Saute for a minute.
  3. Then add cumin seeds and let them sizzle a bit.
  4. Add sliced onions and sprinkle some salt. Cook till onions get Soft and light brown in color.
  5. Then add ginger paste and garlic paste. Cook for a minute.
  6. Add chopped tomatoes and mix. Cook till tomatoes are soft and mushy.
  7. Then add red chili powder. Mix and cook for a minute.
  8. Add boiled dal and another 1 cup of water. Mix well and bring it to a simmer.
  9. Then add amchur powder and garam masala. Also add slit green chili. Stir well.
  10. Add butter. Mix well and let it simmer for 5-7 minutes.
  11. Add more water if dal gets too thick.
  12. Turn off the stove.
  13. Lastly add chopped coriander leaves, stir.

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