Today in the morning I just went into my garden (huh! Its still under debate whether such a small area can be called a gardenJ) and saw ripe tomatoes waiting to be plucked. So with these tomatoes I thought of making my favorite tomato dal. And yes, I was too excited about using my home-grown ingredient in a dish.
Tomato dal is an effortless and appetizing main course dish. This is a very common and basic preparation in Andhra cuisine. The combination of tomatoes and dal gives a wonderful flavor to the dish. When you are in a dilemma about making curries, this is an easy dish to fall back. This dish, with a dollop of ghee in hot rice along with avakkai pickle makes a lip smacking combination.
- Toor dal- 1cup
- Tomatoes- 2nos
- Onion- 1no
- Green Chilies- 2nos
- Turmeric powder- 2tsp
- Red chilly powder- 1tsp
- Oil- 1tbsp
- Mustard seeds- 1tsp
- Curry leaves- few
- Salt- as per taste
- Pressure cook the dal, tomatoes, onion and green chilies until the dal turns soft and mash slightly.
- Heat oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds and curry leaves. Remove from flame then add turmeric and red chilly powder.
- Pour this to the dal mixture and add salt and stir well .
- This can be served with rice and roti.