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Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Servings: 4
Author: Meena, www.hookedonheat.com


  • 1.5 cups toor/yellow lentils
  • 2 tbsp light cooking oil
  • 1 tsp panch phoron spice mix
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 1 tsp finely chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp finely chopped ginger
  • 1/4 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 medium tomato chopped
  • water as needed
  • salt to taste
  • a handful of fresh coriander leaves finely chopped for garnish


  • Boil the lentils till tender and set aside.
  • In a deep pan, heat oil and add in the panch phoron spice mix. Once it starts to sizzle, add in the onions, garlic and ginger.
  • Fry of a few minutes till onions soften, before adding in the spices. Give it a quick stir and add in the tomatoes. Once the tomatoes start to pulp, add in the lentils and about 2-3 cups of water, depending on the consistency you prefer.
  • Season with salt, and let the Dal simmer for a few minutes to allow all the flavours to blend.
  • Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve warm.