Its the most simple everyday lunch or dinner cooked in any indian household.
In North India instead of toor dal chana dal is prepared,
in south india, people add a little sambhar powder and some vegetables to make sambhar with rice
In east india most households prepare the dal as I have mentioned below, as I have lived most of my life there in east india,
this is the most easiest food and most tastiest food on earth!
Toor Dal being the most popular pulses, found its origin in eastern parts of peninsular india.


1) 1 Cup Toor Dal/Arhar Dal/ Split Pigeon Peas/Yellow split Peas
2) 1 Onion
3) 1 Tomato
4) Few Curry Leaves
5) 2 Tablespoon oil
6) 1 Teaspoon Jeera/ Cummin Seeds
7) 1 Teaspoon Black Mustard seeds
8) 1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder
9) 1/2 Teaspoon Garam Masala
10) 1 Teaspoon Coriander Powder
11) 1 Teaspoon Amchoor Powder / Dry Mango Powder
12) 1/2 Teaspoon Red Chilly Powder
13) 1 Green Chilli Chopped
14) Pinch of Asafoetida
15) 5-6 Cloves of garlic chopped
16) 3 Cups of water
17) Salt to taste
18) Coriander Leaves chopped for garnish

1) 1/2 Kg Bhindi/Okra
2) 2 Onions sliced
3) 2 Tablespoon Oil
4) 1 Teaspoon Coriander Powder
5) 1/2 Teaspoon Red Chilly Powder
6) 1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder
7) 1/4 Teaspoon Jeera/Cummin Powder
8) 1/4 Teaspoon Amchoor/ Dry Mango Powder
9) Salt to taste



* Chop Onion and Tomato and keep aside
* In a Pressure Cooker, add oil and let it heat up
* Add in Jeera and mustard seeds and let it crackle
* Add In Asafoetida, Turmeric, Curry Leaves and Chopped Garlic
* Let the garlic burn a little to get a garlicky flavour
* Add Chopped Onion, tomato and green chilly, and let it cook for few minutes
* Add in salt, Coriander, red chilly powder, garam Masala and amchoor, Mix well
* Add Dal and water and close the lid, give 3 whistles the cook for 5 mins in simmer
* If cooking in a heavy bottom vessel the boil dal with salt and turmeric
* When done keep it aside
* In another pan follow from step 1 to 7
* Add the above mix to the boiled dal and cook for 10 mins
* Serve hot with boiled rice and papad!

* In a wok, add oil and turmeric powder
* Add in chopped bhindi and let it cook open for 10 mins
* Add in Onions and cook till onions become soft
* Add All Dry masalas ( Coriander, red chilly, Amchoor, Jeera and salt), mix well
* Do not close the lid of wok, bhindi will become slimy
* Cook for few minutes, with open lid till bhindi is soft.
* Serve hot with dal and rice with coriander as a garnish

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