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Tomato Dal / Lentil Stew / Tomato Pappu

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Recipe Cooked, Photographed and Written by Praveena

PrepTime:5 mins   CookTime:15 mins   Cuisine:Indian

As we all know tomatoes are an excellent source of Vitamin C and K. Toor Dal/ Kandi Pappu /Yellow Lentils have many health benefits like improves digestion, good source of protein,iron, fiber, controls cholesterol, has folic acid. Toor dal is one of the most common pulses in an Indian kitchen.

 This is purely Vegan+Gluten free recipe. It can be made Whole Food Plant Based recipe if you exclude the ‘TEMPERING’ part of the recipe below.

My Dal Recipes collection here⇒  Dal / Pappu / Lentil Stew

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  3. Muddha Pappu / Dal / Plain LentilStew

Before starting to cook, please see the Tips  mentioned at the end.

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  • Tomatoes – 5 (medium size)
  • Toor Dal / Kandi Pappu – 1 cup (medium size)
  • Salt – 2 teaspoons
  • Green Chillies – 3
  • Red Chilli Powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Turmeric Powder – ½ teaspoon
  • Tamarind – tiny lemon size or 1 tablespoon of puree
  • Water – for boiling and cooking
  • Coriander – 2 to 3 twigs

Ingredients for Tempering :

  • Mustard seeds / Aavalu – ¼ teaspoon
  • Jeera / Cumin Seeds -½ teaspoon
  • Nuvvulu / Sesame Seeds – ¼ teaspoon (optional)
  • Asafoetida / Hing / Inguva – half of ¼ teaspoon
  • Dry Red Chillies – 3
  • Curry Leaves – 5
  • Cooking oil – 2 tablespoons
  • Garlic – 3 cloves (optional)

Special Ingredients:

  • Asafoetida / Hing / Inguva

Step wise pics Procedure for ‘Tomato Dal / Lentil Stew’:

  • Firstly, take the lentils/kandipappu/toordal into the pressure cooker and wash them twice thororughly.
  • Pour water upto the level where the lentils/dal are soaked. Set aside.
  • Wash the tomatoes and cut them into small pieces.
  • Slit the green chillies length wise.
  • Transfer all the tomato pieces, slit green chillies and tamarind onto the dal in the pressure cooker.
  • Close the lid, put the cooker on the stove top in high flame and cook until you get 3-4 whistles.
  • After the pressure is released, open the lid and add the salt , turmeric powder and red chilli powder into the same.
  • Add ¼ cup of water and switch the flame on under medium.
  • Stir everything thoroughly and let it cook for upto 3-5 mins or until it thickens.
  • Shift the pressure cooker from the flame and put a small frying pan on the stove.
  • Add all the ‘Ingredients for tempering’  into the pan and sautee them.
  • Switch the flame off and transfer all the content of the pan into the dal/pappu/cooked lentils.
  • Give a mix and take the dal/pappu/lentil stew into a serving dish, just like the pic above. Done!!


  • I preferred this dal/stew to be NoOnion-NoGarlic recipe, but you can add chopped onions (2 small size) while cooking the veggies and add garlic in the tempering pan.
  • I have a small pressure cooker suitable for making the stew/dal.
  • If not you can transfer the dal/lentils, veggies into a suitable vessel and continue with the recipe on stovetop.
  • Adjust the salt and spice as per your taste.
  • For the tempering, try to add the spices whichever you have, but try not to skip the tempering.
  • The storage time of this Tomato dal / lentil stew at room temperature is just 1 day but when refrigerated stays good upto 2-3 days.


  • The taste of this, Tomato dal / lentil stew is mild in spice and the texture is very soft.
  • It is suitable as a side with any rice, quinoa,any bread .
  • We had this dal / lentil stew / pappu as a side with rice.

    Tomato Dal/LentilStew/Pappu ready to be served
  • Tomato Dal/lentil stew /pappu as a side with rice

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  1. Hi. You have mentioned tamarind in ingredients . So when do we need to add that to the dal coz its nt mentioned in the process it seems .plz revert. I really liked your recipies.

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