Arhar Dal with Onion-Tomato Spice Mix | Spicy Bengali Split Pea Dal Recipe

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Tadka Arhar Dal Recipe | Toor Dal Cooking Recipe with Onion-Tomato-Spice Mix

Continuing with my Dal Recipes, this is the next in the series where I will be sharing cooking recipes for lentils. As I shared earlier, daal recipes are extremely essential to Indian cuisine as it provides a fixed portion of Protein to everybody irrespective of their preference for meat-based diet. This Tadka Arhar Dal recipe is slightly different from what I shared earlier. Here, I have used several elements for flavoring the dal thus giving us a delightfully spicy and aromatic arhar dal. 

Related Read: No-Fuss & Simple Bengali Style Arhar Dal Recipe | Bengali Toor Dal Recipe

Like most other lentil based veg recipes, this is again Gluten-Free and Vegan and we have not used any product derived from animals and even dairy. This is the best thing about Indian lentil based soup recipes, these are healthy food recipes that go low on carbs and fat. Most of the time, the cooking medium is Mustard Oil which is brimming with multiple health benefits. For the same reason, every kitchen in eastern part of India essentially keeps a bottle of this oil ready at the beginning of every cooking session. It is rich is MUFA, i.e. Monounsaturated Fatty Acids which is considered good for us.

Some of the health benefits of Mustard Oil includes fight against infection, improvement of skin and hair quality, prevention of premature grey of hair, helps deal with cough and cold as it clears up sinuses, and many more.

Meal-prep with Dal cooking recipes:   

As I have mentioned in the other Arhar Dal recipe post, this recipe is again suitable for a big batch and can be saved in multiple portions for use over the week. I would suggest you this dish with white Basmati or Jasmine rice or even with Chapattis or Indian flatbreads. Healthy food recipes like this arhar dal can be consumed in multiple ways, with different side dishes. As a side dish, you can always go for light and healthy Aloo Peyaj Posto or Potatoes stir-fried with Onions and Poppy Seeds.

Tadka Arhar Dal Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins

This spicy Arhar Dal cooking recipe is perfect for winter with a balance between simple spices and tangy mix of onion and tomatoes.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Bengali
Keyword: Arhar Dal, Gluten Free Recipes, Lentil Recipes, Toor Dal Recipes, Vegan Recipes
Servings: 2 People
  • 1/4 cup Arhar Dal/Toor Dal/Split Pigeon Pea Dal
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1/4 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 2 tbsp Mustard Oil/Sunflower Oil
  • 2 Green Chilies
  • 1 Onion Large-Finely Chopped
  • A pinch of Hing or Asafoetida
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • Salt To Taste
  • 4 Cloves of Garlic
  • 2 Tomatoes Small-Finely Chopped
  • 1 tbsp Curry Leaves
  1. Pressure cook the lentils/daal with water, salt and turmeric powder. Cook till it whistles 4-5 times. Allow it to cool.
  2. Heat Oil in a pan and temper it with Hing, Cumin Seeds, Curry Leaves and Green Chilies.

  3. Once they splutter, add the chopped Onion, Garlic and Tomatoes. Fry it till they become mushy. Once so, add the cooked dal and give it a good stir.

  4. Once it has come to a boil once, check for the salt and add as per requirement. Also adjust the consistency for the dal as per your needs.
  5. If you choose to add some water, then allow it to boil once before you turn it off and serve.
  6. You may add some chopped Coriander leaves on top as you serve with Rice.

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One response to “Arhar Dal with Onion-Tomato Spice Mix | Spicy Bengali Split Pea Dal Recipe”

  1. Ritesh Sharma Avatar

    The recipe looks so yummy and delicious.
    Thanks for sharing this with us!!

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Indian Food Blogger Priyanka Bhattacharya

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A passionate home cook and food lover who loves nothing more than sharing my favourite recipes with the world.


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