Spicy Tomato Daal

Daal along with rice makes its appearance during our meal time in one form or the other; be it the humble daali thoy, Palak Daal, Mango Daal or the ubiquitous rasam, sambhar we have it pretty much every day.

At times, I also make this Spicy Tomato Daal which is quick, healthy and delicious. An Indian colleague of mine describes it as healthy soup in the comfort of a bowl. I couldn’t agree more, I mean after a long day what better way to unwind than to have this simple thick daal along with a bowl of rice?


  • 3/4 cup toor daal
  • ¼ cup moong daal (split)
  • 3 ripe tomatoes (medium sized) [chopped]
  • 4-5 curry leaves
  • 1-2 tsp chilli powder
  • 2-3 dry red chilies (broken)
  • Coriander leaves for garnishing
  • 1 Tbsp Tamarind juice
  • 2 tsp Jeera/ cumin seeds ( I like lot of cumin seeds)
  • Turmeric a pinch
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • oil
  • salt


  • Pressure cook the moong daal+ toor daal in enough water along with 1 tsp  jeera/cumin seeds, ¼ cup chopped tomato, a pinch turmeric and 2-3 halves of broken red chilli.
  • After it is cooked, mash it and keep aside.
  •  Now take a deep vessel and heat 2 tsp of oil and add the mustard seeds. After they splutter, add jeera seeds and curry leaves, broken red chillies and reduce the heat a bit.
  • Add the finely diced tomatoes, salt and let it cook for a while until the water from the tomato is all absorbed.
  • Add chili powder and if required stream in little bit of oil. Add the tamarind paste and cook again.
  • Next add the boiled mashed daal and stir well. Let it simmer for about 5- 10 minutes.
  • Finally garnish with coriander leaves.

This tastes good when it is a bit tangy, so go little extra on the tamarind or tomatoes. Serve with rice.

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  1. redchillies says:

    Hey that was quick Rachana, thanks. How are you doing? Been a while since I heard from you 🙂

  2. Tadka Pasta says:

    That’s so true. This is a favorite of ours whenever we come back from a trip. It just makes us feel like we’re back home. Love that tomato tadka!

  3. Teri says:

    This is a definite must have when you’ve had a long day and need some comfort food! I have made this several times and it is always just perfect and everyone else around here likes it as well. Thanks!

  4. Seema says:

    Do you add 2or 3 red chillie halves while pressure cooking the dhal and add the remaining halves when spluttering mustard and curry leaves

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