Moong dal- 1/2 cup

Asafoetida- 1/4 tsp

Green chillies- 3 cut into half

Water- 2 1/2 cups

Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp

Red chilli powder- 1/3 tsp

Lemon juice- 1tbsp

Salt to taste


Ghee- 1tsp

Oil- 1 tsp

Finely chopped garlic- 1 tsp

Finely chopped onions-  1 1/2 tbsp

Cumin seeds- 1/2 tsp

Fenugreek seeds- 1/3 tsp

Mustard seeds- 1/3 tsp

Red chillies- 3 cut into pieces

Curry leaves- 2 springs


  1. Soak moong dal in water for half an hour. Wash soaked dal and add asafoetida, green chillies, turmeric powder and 2.5 cups of water.
  2. Pressure cook for 3 whistles and switch off the flame.
  3. When the pressure settles down on its own, open the lid and check the dal.
  4. The lentils should be cooked well and softened. Lightly mash the lentils and keep aside.
  5. Dal should be semi thick. Adjust water.
  6. For tempering, take a kadai and heat ghee and oil. Add finely chopped garlic. Fry for 30 seconds. Add onions and fry for one minute.
  7. Add cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, mustard seeds and saute them until they become fragrant.
  8. Add red chilles and curry leaves. Fry for a minute and add the boiled dal to the tempering .
  9. Add 1/4 cup of water and lime juice. Boil the dal on low flame till it thickens a bit. Keep on stirring the dal at regular intervals so that it does not stick to the bottom of the pan.
  10. Sprinkle red chilli powder before serving.
  11. Goes well with rice and dal .



Toor dal – 3/4 cup

Water – 3 cups


Ghee – 1 tsp

Oil – 1tsp

Crushed garlic – 8

Cumin seeds -1 tsp

Mustard seeds – 1tsp

Curry leaves – few

Onions chopped – 1 medium size

Green chilles – 5 [ sliced ]

Turmeric – 1/2 tsp

Salt to taste


Wash the toor dal under running water.Pour 3 cups of water and boil toor dal until just cooked.

Make sure toor dal is  soft but still holding its shape. Strain the cooked dal and keep aside.

Heat oil and ghee in a pan , add talimpu ingredients in order and fry for 1 to 2 minutes. After this add onions , green chilles, turemeric and salt and stir fry for 2 to 3 minutes till onions are cooked properly.

Add cooked toor dal fry for 5 to 6 minutes on medium flame till dal is completely dry .Make sure dal is cooked well before removing from heat.

Suggestions-  This dal goes well with majjiga pulusu, rasam and steamed rice with a dollop of ghee.Image