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Tomato Pappu (Tomato Dal)

Jun 1st, 2007 | By | Category: All Recipes, Dal Recipes, Veg - Recipes

Its comfort food time at home these days and tomato dal is my first choice I’d opt for. I love this simple yet tasty flavor dish that goes well with chapati or steamed rice accompanied with potato fry. Here goes the recipe ….

What we need ….

Toor Dal (kandipappu) – 1 cup

Tomatoes – 6 (finely chopped)

Fenugreek seeds – 1/4 tsp

Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp

Garlic – 4 cloves (crushed)

Chilly powder – 3/4 tsp

Coriander powder – 1 tsp

Green Chillies – 4 (slit lengthwise)

Tamarind pulp – 2 tbsps (thick pulp)

Oil – 2 tbsp

Salt to taste

For the popu/tadka

Mustard seeds – 1 tsp

Fenugreek seeds – 1 tsp

Curry leaves – 1 sprig

Asofoetida powder – 1 tsp

Coriander leaves – 1 small bunch finely chopped for garnish

How to …

1. Wash dal, add 3 cups of water, turmeric, 1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds, 1 tsp of oil, and pressure cook till soft. Once cooked mash dal and set aside.

2. Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a sauce pan. Add mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds (1tsp), as they start spluttering add curry leaves, garlic, green chillies and asofoetida powder.

3. Lower the flame and add chopped tomatoes.

4. Cover and cook on medium heat till the tomatoes turn soft. Add chilly powder, salt, coriander powder and allow to cook for 2 mts.

5. Add mashed dal, tamarind pulp. Add water if the consistency of dal is thick. Cook for 4 mts on medium flame. Switch off.

6. Garnish with coriander and serve hot with steamed rice, a dollop of ghee accompanied with potato fry or papads.

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  1. Ultimate comfort food indeed.Looks great:)

  2. This is my all time favorite dish. Step by step photos looks good. Thanks for sharing your version.

  3. Hi, Ur tomamto papu looks delicious 🙂


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  5. Anonymous,

    Thanks for bringing this to my notice. I appreciate that.

  6. Thanks Asha,Jyothi and Aruna.

  7. Please post some basic tips,list of must have ingredients .It would be very useful for people like me;who have just started to cook


  8. I am looking at your website for the first time.Looks very impressive.You have inspired me to cook.I will start trying bunch of recipes I really liked.Thanks

  9. Hi Pranitha,

    Its good to hear I’m making someone to inspire to cook. lovely! Lemme know how they tasted. Feel free to mail me if you need any help any time.

  10. Hi Sowjanya,
    Its my first visit to ur website.. Recipes look very interesting n mouthwatering. I surely want to try many of them…
    thanks for ur recipes

  11. Tomato Pappu is my all-time fav dish.. It’s simple yet delicious.. photos look so tempting!!

  12. hi ur recipe of tomato pappu is very delicious.v all liked it

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