Toor Dal (Split Yellow Pigeon Peas)

UnknownNutrition of Each Serving

Note: Makes 8 Servings

  • 209 calories
  • 5g fat
  • 0mg cholesterol
  • 156mg sodium
  • 673mg potassium
  • 30g carbohydrate
    • 8g fiber
    • 1g sugar
  • 11g protein

Items Needed

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of toor dal
  • 5 cups of water
  • 1 cup tomato
  • ¾ teaspoon ginger root
  • ¼ teaspoon thai chili
  • 1 dried chili
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon tamarind paste
  • 2 tablespoon raw peanuts
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard seeds
  • ½ cup cilantro

Equipment

  • crock pot
  • medium sauce pan
  • medium pan
  • immersion blender

Steps

Preparation

  • Soak for at least 30 minutes (then strain)
    • 2 tablespoons raw peanuts
    • ¾ cup hot water
  • Pull apart
    • 1 dried chili
  • Destem and chop
    • ½ cup cilantro
  • Chop
    • 1 cup tomato
  • Mince
    • ¾ teaspoon ginger root
    • ¼ teaspoon thai chili
  • Measure
    • 3 cups of water
    • 1 cup of water
    • 1 cup of water
    • ½ teaspoon turmeric
    • 2 teaspoon coriander powder
    • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
    • ½ teaspoon tamarind paste
    • 2 tablespoon raw peanuts
    • 2 tablespoons canola oil
    • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard seeds

Cook

  1. Using a crock pot you will cook the dal. Put the crock pot at low heat then add:
    • 1 cup toor dal
    • 3 cups water
  2. Cook for 3-4 hours and periodically stir.
    • Pro Tip: If the water burns off and the dal gets stuck to the bottom add ⅓ cup of water and stir. 
  3. Once the dal has completely broken down and there are no chunks turn off the crock pot.
  4. Add the cooked dal into a medium sauce pan and then turn to medium heat.
  5. While the dal is warming up slowly add 1 cup of water and constantly stir.
  6. Once the cup of water is added use an immersion blender to smooth out the dal.
    • Pro Tip: If the water burns off and the dal gets stuck to the bottom add 2 tablespoons of water and stir. 
  7. Once the immersion blender has mixed all of the dal add:
    • ¾ teaspoon ginger root
    • ¼ teaspoon thai chili
    • ½ cup tomato
    • ½ teaspoon turmeric
    • 2 teaspoon coriander powder
    • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
    • ½ teaspoon tamarind paste
    • 2 tablespoon raw peanuts
  8. Bring to a boil for a few minutes then lower to simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes.
    • Pro Tip: Periodically stir to avoid the dal from sticking to the bottom of the saucepan. If needed add 2 tablespoons of water and stir.
  9. While the dal is cooking in a  medium pan at medium heat add:
    • 2 tablespoons canola oil
    • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard seeds
    • 1 dried chili
    • ½ cup tomato
  10. Cover pan with lid until yellow mustard seeds begin to pop.
  11. Lower heat once all mustard seeds are dark brown(almost black) and continue to cook for a few minutes
    • Pro Tip: Periodically stir to avoid the tomato from sticking to the bottom of the pan. If needed add 2 tablespoons of water and stir.
  12. Once the tomatoes are soft and the mixture is thick remove from heat.
  13. return to the dal sauce pan and add:
    • the tomato mixture from the pan
    • 1 cup of water
    • ½ cup cilantro
  14. Cook for a few minutes.
    • Flavor Test:  You should start to taste to see if you want to adjust the flavor. Below are recommended incremental measurements you could use to adjust flavor:
      • ¼ teaspoon ginger root
      • pinch of salt
      • pinch of thai chili
  15. If you added any additional spice cook for another 5 minutes if not you can remove from heat. 

Serving Recommendation

I recommend you pair with Indian rice.

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