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Tomato Dal | Tomato Pappu

Tomato Dal is also known as Tomato Pappu which is a South Indian style dal that is prepared with lentils, tomato, and a delicious South Indian tadka.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time18 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Andhra, Indian, South Indian
Diet Vegan, Gluten-free, Healthy
Servings: 3 servings
Calories: 288kcal
Author: Nisha



for the tomato dal

  • 1 cup toor dal yellow split pigeon peas
  • 2 green chili
  • 2 plum tomatoes chopped
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt more if needed
  • 3 cups water

for the tadka

for garnish

  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro chopped



  • Soak toor dal for 30 minutes at least. Once done, wash and rinse until the water runs clear.
  • Chop tomatoes and slice green chilies.


  • Add the drained toor dal to the Instant Pot along with tomatoes and green chilies.
  • Add 3 cups water, turmeric powder, and salt. Stir.
  • Close the Instant Pot. Cook on High Pressure for 8 minutes. Let the dal naturally release.
  • Once done, this is what you'll have. Stir.

Make the Tadka (Tempering)

  • This is what you'll need for the tadka.
  • Heat up a tadka pot on low-medium heat. Once hot, add oil.
  • Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, and asafoetida (hing). Saute the spices for a minute.
  • Now add the dry red chilies, curry leaves, and garlic. Saute for 30 - 60 seconds.
  • Add the tadka to the dal.
  • Stir.
  • Top with lemon juice and cilantro. Adjust salt as needed.
  • Enjoy with hot basmati rice.



Calories: 288kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 746mg | Potassium: 245mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 979IU | Vitamin C: 134mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 3mg
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