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Dal Fry

This is one of the recipes that has been provided by Vandana who is very much a keen cook of Indian dishes. Hopefully there will be more to come!

I asked Vandana for a little background information:

"I live in Pune, India. I am a South Indian so many of my recipes are from that area. I enjoy cooking and my family and friends do say that it is appetizing! By profession I am a Relocation Consultant and the India head of an International Charity. I hope that covers the introduction".


1 cup split peas( Tuvar Dal)
2 cups water
2 medium sized onions chopped
2 large tomatoes chopped
2 tbsp grated ginger
1 tsp turmeric
3 tbsp ghee / oil
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin seeds
a pinch of asafetida
salt to taste
2 tbsp coriander leaves chopped

  • Cook split peas and turmeric in water till cooked and soft.
  • Mash it well.
  • Heat ghee in a pan.
  • Add cumin and asafetida. Let cumin crackle.
  • Add chopped onions and fry till golden in color.
  • Add tomatoes, chili powder and salt and cook till oil floats on top.
  • Add the cooked split peas and water, if required, to make the dal of pouring consistency.
  • Cook.