May 10, 2018

Brocolli Toor/Arhar Dal/Indian Lentil Soup

Dal as called in Indian subcontinent or dried split pulses (lentils, peas, beans) forms an important form of diet in India. It is a rich source of protein. It is accompanied by rotis or chapatis or with rice called as Dal Rice or Dal Bhat. There are many different types of dal's such as Arhar or Toor Dal (pigeon pea), Chana Dal, Mung Dal, Urad Dal, Masoor Dal etc. 

Generally Dal's are very simple to cook and many different variation exist from house to house. They are also added to make different types of pancakes, or are used as a stuffing in kachori's or puri's or used as a snack as fried mung dal or even in desserts as mung dal halwa. The possibilities are endless.

Today I am preparing the basic Toor Dal but with a twist. The twist here is the addition of vegetable in grated form so that it is well hidden and cannot be noticed by children's or elders. I am adding broccoli today. Brocooli is not liked by many and one find ways to incorporate it in one diet. I have grated and added to the masala. The broccoli is literally dissolved in the dal and one cannot really notice it, on the contrary it adds a lovely texture to the dal. 

I use to make this, toor dal simple earlier with just tadka/chonk of hing, jeera in ghee with the addition of few masala's. Now I also add tomato's and different vegetables too. Yes we do tadka in ghee, it adds to the flavor and is healthier option than oil. But if you don't like it you can replace it with oil. I also add a tablespoon of yellow mung dal, it enhances the flavor of toor dal.

Did you check my other recipes of Broccoli
Broccoli and Paneer Paratha
Broccoli Cheese Stir Fry 
Kale, Broccoli and paneer Sandwich
Vegetable Rava (Semolina) Pancake/Appe

Brocolli Toor/Arhar Dal

Brocolli Toor/Arhar Dal

Brocolli Toor/Arhar Dal

So here goes the recipe



  1. Wash and soak the dal in enough water for atleast 30 minutes. I soak it in luke warm water as I live in cold country and it helps the dal to soften soon.
  2. There are 2 ways of doing this, either you can cook the dal first and then add the tadka, or the second way is make the tadka, add the dal and then cook all along. I now do the second method to save time.
  3. In a pressure cooker, add ghee.
  4. Once hot add the hing and Jeera.
  5. Once Jeera crackles add the tomato puree and grated Broccoli.
  6. Add the turmeric, coriander powder, green chilly, red chilly powder(if using) and let the masala cook for 2-3 minutes.
  7. Once the masala is cooked, add the soaked and washed dal.
  8. Add enough water and pressure cook it until done.
  9. If using a heavy bottom pan, let it cook on slow to medium until the dal is done.
  10. Serve it hot with Chapati or Rice.
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    1. That's a great looking dal with broccoli, never used it in dal..very nice twist!

    2. Adding grated broccoli is a wonderful idea Renu. No one will guess it in the dal and it would be amazing with rice and a dollop of ghee..

    3. This looks fantastic! Pinned it!

    4. Definitely an interesting dish to give a try at home. I have some broccoli lovers at home. This Brocoli toor will definitely please their tastebuds.

    5. Hmm this is a great way to get cooked brocolli in Kiddo. She likes it raw the others dont so we will twist the dal. Thanks Renu.

    6. Thats a lovely dal renu. I make poriyal wih broccoli and hence I like your dal version. Will definitely try this out.

    7. Very interesting way to cook broccoli. Perfect for picky eaters :)


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