Good old Toor Daal (Pigeon Pea soup) and Chawal(Rice) today. Comfort food for any day!Jump to Recipe
I remember sneaking out to my neighbors’ house every few days when I was 9 or 10, to eat some Daal Chawal. They used to make Toor Daal every 3-4 days and mostly the same recipe. It was a simple preparation, sometimes with tomatoes, sometimes without, and just a mild Chaunk/Tadka with bay leaf and red chili. A very few times there would be mustard seeds. But mostly It was the Toor Daal(split Pigeon Pea) in all its glory.
Toor Daal with Bay Leaf and crisp Cilantro (Pigeon Pea soup) with Jeera Rice
- 3/4 cup (177.44 g) Toor Daal Split pigeon Pea
- 2 cups (500 ml) water
- 2 Teaspoons organic canola oil or coconut oil
- 1/2 teaspoon (0.5 teaspoon) black mustard seed Raee
- 2 bay leaves tejpatta
- a generous pinch of asafetida hing
- 1 whole red chili broken into 2 or 1 green chili chopped
- 3-4 Tablespoons (3 Tablespoons) cilantro chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon (0.5 teaspoon) turmeric
- 1 medium tomato chopped
- 3/4 - 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
- Add 1/4 teaspoon paprika or 1/4 teaspoon cumin powder to the tadka
- Add greens with the cilantro.
- Add 2-3 tomatoes.
- Add a teaspoon of Tamarind pulp
- Wash and soak daal/lentils for half an hour. If not using pressure cooker then soak for atleast 4 hours.
- In pressure cooker or a medium deep pan, add oil and heat on medium heat.
- Test the heat by adding a few mustard seeds to the oil; if they crack immediately, the oil is ready.
- Add mustard seeds, and after a few seconds, add bay leaves and red chili/green chili, stir for 10-15 seconds.
- Add the chopped cilantro and cook for a minute or so until it crisps up.
- Add the tomatoes and turmeric. Mix well and cook covered until tomatoes are half done.(3-4 minutes)
- Rinse Daal and add with water and salt. Mix.
- Pressure cook for 2 whistles on medium, or cook covered for 20-30 minutes on medium-low, or until daal is starts to mix with the water.
- Serve hot with fresh cumin Rice.
- Add lemon juice if needed. Or serve along with some Indian Pickle/Achar.