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    Tomato Chana Dal | Chana Dal Tomato Curry | Thakkali Kadalai Paruppu Kulambu

    Chana dal or kadalai paruppu (split bengal gram) is a lentil type that can be used to make tasty curries or dal, sides with vegetables, spice powders, snacks like paruppu vada, desserts like halwa, and are even used to temper certain recipes. Usually we tend to make dal or paruppu with either Toor dal (Thuvaram paruppu), but if you haven't tried with chana dal I insist you to try it soon as it tastes so good and makes a very delicious combo with rice, dosa idly or any roti kind. And coming to this tomato and chana dal combo it's my family's favorite; we love to accompany this simple dal with some papads or appalams and some sides like potato masala or cabbage poriyal (cabbage stir fry). This is my version of making dal and I make it quite often when my husband feels bored with the regular sambar and dal. The tomatoes gives a unique taste and makes dal more delicious infact makes it look more pleasing too.  As I have pureed the tomatoes you wont get any tomato pieces in your mouth  while eating, but you will definitely feel its flavor. Its such a comforting and healthy duo, try it sometime to get rid of the boredom with the routine dal

    Click here for a tasty of chana dal / kadalai paruppu gravy

    Serves 2 to 3 people
    Total Preparation Time - 20 minutes (apart from soaking dal)
    1. Tomato - 2 (weighed nearly 200 grams) 
    2. Chana dal / Bengal gram / Kadalai parupu - 1 cup (125 grams) 
    3. Garlic pods - 4 or 5
    4. Dry red chillies - 2 or 3
    5. Coriander leaves - Few (chopped) 
    6. Curry leaves - Few 
    7. Cumin seeds - 1/2 spoon 
    8. Salt - As per taste
    9. Asafoetida - 2 pinches 
    10. Oil - 3 spoons 


    • Soak chana dal (kadalai parupu) in water for an hour or 2. This step is optional, soaking helps reduce cooking time. 
    • Wash tomatoes well in water and grind tomatoes into fine paste. 
    • Now place a pressure cooker bottom on flame and add oil into it, after it heats up add asafoetida, cumin seeds and let it splutter. Then add curry leaves, crushed garlic and saute. (cook on low flame)
    • Now add the prepared tomato paste and saute well until the raw smell leaves.
    • Then when the tomato paste seems cooked add the soaked chana dal and pour 3.5 cups of water (use the same cup for measuring dal and water). Add coriander leaves, necessary salt and stir well. Tear red chillies and add into the dal mixture.
    • Now close the pressure cooker with its lid and switch the flame to high mode. Wait until the pressure oozes out through the nozzle of the lid, then place the whistle or regulator and switch to low flame mode, pressure cook for 20 minutes. 
    • Open the lid after the pressure drops down and check for the curry consistency, if the dal is too thick, then add some water and cook for 2 more mins on low flame. (If it has not got cooked still pour another cup of water and pressure cook for another 5 mins.)
    • Remove from flame and serve. 

    TIP 1: You can try the same with toor dal (thuvaram paruppu) also. But no soaking is needed and the time for pressure cooking is just 10 minutes. 

    TIP 2: Soaking is optional, if soaked it softens the lentils and so reduces cooking time. 

    TIP 3: Add 1 tsp of sambar powder to dal to make it more flavorful. 

    TIP 4: Make sure that the tomato puree gets cooked well before you add dal if not you will get a raw smell even after cooking dal. 

    Delicious tomato dal is now ready!! Serve with hot rice and some papads and enjoy!! 


    1. Tempting dal curry . nice clicks

    2. very yummy dal Divy... even its my most favorite am addict to dal... very yummy n tempting clicks...

    3. we just love dal, and yours looks so much tempting dear

    4. Tasty and tangy tomato chana daal.

    5. wow..delicious and tempting .

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    6. That cur tomato just look like heart. That's what tomato is for. Delicious dal.

    7. lovely clicks.tangy dal,looks yummy

    8. Aha, this is simple yet very comforting dal!! The pureed tomatoes must definitely give a kick. I have never made Dal with chana before. I should try this, probably tomorrow!! I will also add a spoon of ghee to it :)
      Great recipe & pics as always, Dhivya!

    9. Superb Dal and my favorite too sis, clicks look superb as always... loving the tomato clicks simply superb

    10. super clicks divya I make dal often should try this soon

    11. I am in love with your photography skills...recipe is simple yet tasty..

    12. stunning clicks dear...dal looks yummy...

    13. Wow that looks so delicious, luvly clicks.

    14. Delicious dal and awesome clicks especially the tomato click.Superb.

    15. Delicious tomato dal yummy curry.

    16. Wonderful presentation..... Tomato dhal looks yummy.... :-)

    17. beautiful and very tempting clicks, loved it

    18. looks delicious ..love your clicks

    19. love to have it with hot jeera rice or chapathi .I love this dal a lot.Beautiful click too,

    20. Delicious and comforting dhal! Love the clicks, Divya! Super.. :)

    21. looks good. So simple yet comforting dish. Love the clicks

    22. Looks Great , I like the tomato clicks .

    23. divya... beautfil clicks as usual... the curry looks really comforting... :)

    24. wow looks so comforting... a bowl of goodness!!
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    25. Tempting and Healthy Dal Divya... Pics are just awesome as usual... Thanks for the recipe...

    26. The pics look stunning Divya. healthy and tangy

    27. Dal looks colorful and yummy dal. Very healthy one.

    28. Divya, this dal is so full of flavour. I love tomatoes in dal....yum! http://cosmopolitancurrymania.blogspot.in/

    29. Delicious dal... Healthy n lovely clicks!

    30. Delicious dal, inviting and seriously makes me hungry even after my dinner.

    31. Nice variation, dear. I would definitely try this...as stocking all kinds of dal is bit challenge for me here, its a big help:) Lovely presentation too:)

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    32. beautiful clicks divya.. delicious curry..

    33. Superb! healthy and delicious dal. Yummy......

    34. Very nice curry Divya. Looks colorful and delicious. beautiful photos!

    35. healthy & yummy...super clicks specially the tomato one..

    36. I usually make kootu with chana dal. This sounds interesting n delicious, nice variation will try this for sure...inviting pics n presentation!

    37. I always make this tomato-chana dal chutney with dosa or idli..
      Divya ur photos r superb!!! Looks delicious...:)


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