A simple Dal Fry

Dal is such a comforting meal for me and this is one I have recently been making which is relatively quick and so delicious.


  • 1 cup Toor Dal
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 large tomato, chopped.
  • 1 onion, chopped. I prefer using white onion.
  • 1 tablespoon crushed garlic
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 1 green chilli
  • Juice of 1/2 small lime
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 3/4 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (add more according to taste)
  • handful chopped coriander leaves


  1. Wash the Toor Dal in cold water several times and then add to a saucepan of lightly salted boiling water.
  2. Add a pinch of turmeric powder and let this simmer and boil for around half an hour.
  3. In a separate pan, heat 2 tablespoons oil on medium heat.
  4. Add the cumin seeds and when they sizzle, add the chopped onions and salt.
  5. Cook these for around 8 minutes, and then add the green chilli, garlic and ginger.
  6. After 2 minutes, add the chopped tomatoes and let this cook for a further 2 minutes, mixing regularly.
  7. Now add the turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, red chilli powder and garam masala.
  8. Mix well, and then add the ready boiled Toor Dal.
  9. Combine everything together and then add 3/4 cup water.
  10. Bring this to the boil and then garnish with chopped coriander and adjust the salt if needed.
  11. Best eaten hot.


About Binny

Hi, I'm Binny - a writer, dreamer and serial wanderluster with a love for Wildlife Conservation. I am originally from Kenya but I now live in London. 'Karibu' to Binny's Food and Travel! I regularly share my experiences eating out, cooking and travelling, both in the UK and globally, as well as educate on the plight of Wildlife. I am an ambassador for World Animal Protection and regularly support the work of The Born Free Foundation, Four Paws and Dreams Come True Charity. I love packing my bags and going off on adventures as one of the best things about travelling is the ability to just get lost in it. To set aside the maps and itineraries and just see where the road takes you, learning and evolving and living in the moment along the way. It's my goal to get swept off my feet as often as possible!

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