Simple Dal

This is my friends recipe and everybody in my family loves it. This dal goes well with plain rice. The clarified butter (ghee) and garlic gives a mild taste to the dal without overpowering it. Whenever you are in mood of eating simple homemade comfy food, this is the perfect dish for the occasion.


Simple Dal

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Servings 3 People


  • 1/2 Cup Tur Dal (split pigeon peas)
  • 6-7 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 Tsp Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Clarified Butter (Ghee)
  • 1/2 Tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1/4th Tsp Asafoetida
  • Salt


  • Wash and soak the tur dal (split pigeon peas) in water (1 cup) for 1 hour. 
  • Add turmeric powder and asafoetida and 1/2 tsp salt and cook it in a pressure cooker with 3-4 whistles.
  • Peel and crush the garlic cloves.
  • In a pot heat clarified butter (ghee). Add cumin seeds. When cumin seeds starts to sputter add crushed garlic and mix it.
  • Add the cooked dal, sugar and salt and let it boil for 5 minutes on medium heat.

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