Tomato Dal/ Tomatoes cooked with Yellow Lentils and Spices

Dal – rice with little ghee on top, served with crisps is one of the heavenly combination. I always experiment with dal and sometimes a simple dish is all it takes to lift your spirit and make you feel warm and cozy. Dal Makhani, Dal Tadka, Dal Fry, Garlic Dal, Aloo-gobi Dal there are different types of Dal. Today I am going to share Tomato dal or Pappu tomato recipe which is Andhra Style available in most of the Andhra restaurants where they serve it with Andhra Tali. Andhra Cuisine is one of my favorites because its full of spices and flavors.

Tomato Dal/ Tomato cooked with yellow lentils


  • Yellow lentils- 1 cup
  • Tomatoes- 2
  • Onion- 1
  • Green chillies- 3
  • Ginger- 1 tbs (finely chopped)
  • Turmeric powder- 1/2 tbs

For tampering:

  • Ghee- 1 tbs
  • Mustard seeds- 1/2 tbs
  • Cumin seeds- 1/2 tbs
  • Garlic- 4 cloves (chopped)
  • Red chillies- 2
  • Asafoetida- Generous pinch
  • Curry leaves- 1 strand (about 8-10 leaves)


  1. Pressure cook dal, mash it and keep it aside
  2. In a heavy bottomed pan add the ingredients under ”For Tampering” and fry for few seconds now add green chillies, chopped onions and fry them until they turn translucent
  3. Now add chopped tomatoes and stir fry a little
  4. When the tomatoes are soft add the mashed dal and a cup of water along with turmeric and salt to taste
  5. Cook this mixture in a low flame for 10 minutes if needed add little extra water
  6. Serve it hot with hot rice and papad. Potato stir fry goes very well with this combination.