Toor (Pigeon Pea)

Toor lentils

Toor (Pigeon Pea) Recipes

Bowl of Dal Fry

Dal Fry

Dal, Video

Dal fry is an essential Indian Dal. To many of us, it is just great, hearty, warm comfort food. It is an example of dhaba food. Dhaba are roadside stalls, or truck stops, that serve mainly comfort food for the weary traveler. Dal fry is made with simple ingredients. In this recipe, I make it… Continue reading Dal Fry

Dal Tadka

Dal Tadka

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Dal Tadka is a rich, creamy dal made with a mix of lentils. It is sometimes called “Yellow Dal Tadka” because of its color. It is very similar to Dal Fry. Both are made with a preparation of lentils and oil from a vaghar. In fact, the recipes are so similar with all of the… Continue reading Dal Tadka

Tomato Dal

Tomato Dal (Tomato Pappu)

Dal

Tomato Dal, or “Tomato Pappu,” is a tangy comfort food dish from Andhra Pradesh. It gets its tanginess and depth from the mix of tomatoes and tamarind. This mix of tomatoes and tamarind is a classic combination in food from Andhra Pradesh. You will often find Tomato Dal served at weddings in Andhra Pradesh. The… Continue reading Tomato Dal (Tomato Pappu)

Gujarati Dal - the flavors of this are a delicate balance of spicy, sweet and sour.

My Grandma’s Gujarati Dal

Dal

Dal was a big part of my childhood. Pretty much every time my grandma cooked for us, there was dal. And she cooked for us a lot. My grandma’s Gujarati dal was different than my mom’s. While mom’s was spicy and comforting, grandma’s dal had a whole different flavor profile. Grandma’s dal was traditional Gujarati… Continue reading My Grandma’s Gujarati Dal

Spicy Lentil Broth with Pineapple

Spicy Pineapple Lentil Recipe

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What really makes Indian food stand out is the spices. There are hundreds of spices and spice mixtures. I can tell you from our experience with the blog, presenting these spices on paper in an organized way that is compelling and makes sense is always a challenge. In Spices & Seasons: Simple, Sustainable Indian Flavors,… Continue reading Spicy Pineapple Lentil Recipe