Jeera Dal / Jeera Mirchi che Varan


A no onion no garlic dal recipe that’s quick and easy to make with ingredients easily accessible at home. A very simple yet delectable toor dal/ tuvar dal recipe that is high in carbohydrates as well as protein content. Also toor dal is high in fiber and yup has iron as well as calcium content.



  • 1/2 cup toor dal / split pigeon peas,rinsed well till water runs clear and soaked in water for an hour
  • 1/4th tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/8 tsp asafoetida
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 2 tsp clarified ghee
  • 1 3/4th tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 to 3 green chillies chopped fine (adjust to spice required)
  • 3 to 4 curry leaves
  • 2 dry red chillies broken
  • 1/2″ piece of ginger finely chopped
  • Finely chopped coriander leaves to garnish ( not shown in pic)


  • Pressure cook the soaked dal along with 1/8 tsp turmeric and a pinch of asafoetida and 1/2 tsp of oil 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 as required 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 oil, add cumin seeds, when they crackle add a pinch of asafoetida, green chillies, dry red 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. As the dal boils add in 1 tbsp ghee and stir well. Garnish with coriander leaves.
  • 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.
    Adding 1/2 tsp of oil while cooking the dal prevents/ reduces excessive foaming of the dal.
    1/2 cup of toor dal gives approximately 1 1/2 cups cooked dal.

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  1. Simple dal, yet delicious.

    1. Thanx Megala, yup simple and yum it is 🙂

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