A simple no onion no garlic dal recipe that’s quick and easy to make.


  • 1/2 cup toor dal / split pigeon peas,rinsed well and soaked in water for an hour
  • 1/4th tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/8 tsp asafoetida
  • 1 tbsp clarified ghee
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 green chillies chopped fine
  • 2 to 3 curry leaves
  • 1/2″ piece of ginger finely grated


  • Pressure cook the soaked dal along with 1/8 tsp turmeric and a pinch of asafoetida until pressure is released four times so that the dal is cooked well. Once the pressure settles down, cool the dal and mash it well. 
  • Add water,to the dal to get an even consistency. Add rest of the turmeric powder,salt, stir well and let it simmer on low flame.
  • In a seasoning pan heat ghee, add cumin seeds, when they crackle add a pinch of asafoetida, green chillies, curry leaves, switch off the flame add ginger, mix well and pour the seasoning over the dal. Mix well and cover for a minute so that the flavours sink into the dal. 
  • Serve piping hot with steamed rice and tawa fried veg of your choice or even with rotis.


  • Adding turmeric powder while cooking the dal gives a nice colour to the dal.