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Papad wali Dal (vegan, gluten-free, healthyish)

Papad wali Dal is garlicky and prepared with split pigeon peas, water, papad, and lots of spices. It's comfort food that's healthy too!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Diet Vegan, Gluten-Free, Healthyish
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Nisha


for Toor Dal / Split Pigeon Peas

  • 1 ½ cups toor dal / split pigeon peas
  • 4 ½ cups water you can add more later
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

for the tadka / tempering

  • 3 tablespoon avocado oil you can use less oil try 2 tbsp
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • teaspoon hing
  • 2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 ½ teaspoon ajwain / carom seeds
  • 2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 4 dry red chilies split in half
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon amchoor / mango powder
  • 8 cloves garlic chopped

for garnish

  • salt to taste if need be
  • ½ teaspoon amchoor / mango powder
  • small handful fresh cilantro leaves chopped
  • 3 papads baked


for the dal / lentils

  • Soak split piegon pea lentils in warm water for 15 minutes.
  • Combine the toor dal ingredients… lentils, water, turmeric powder, and 1 teaspoon salt in the Instant Pot.
  • Set the Instant Pot to High Pressure for 8 minutes. Natural Release for 10 minutes.

prepare the tadka / tempering.

  • Once the dal is done, you'll need all your spices for the tempering and chopped garlic.
  • Heat up a small pot on medium heat, once hot add oil. Let the oil heat up and then add all the spices and garlic. Temper for about 30-45 seconds max. Make sure the garlic doesn't' burn.
  • Pour the tadka over the dal. Mix well.

for garnish

  • Adjust salt. Add mango powder and fresh cilantro leaves.
  • Heat up papad over the stove, in the toaster oven, or in the microwave. You will need 3-4 papads.
  • Break the papad into large pieces. I added 3 papads to my dal.
  • Mix well. The heat will soften the papad immediately.
  • Serve with white rice, brown rice, or quinoa. Feel free to add yogurt and achaar as well.


Calories: 317kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 773mg | Potassium: 131mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 63IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 3mg
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