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


Ingredients


Preparation 

  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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    26 comments:

    1. That's a great looking dal with broccoli, never used it in dal..very nice twist!

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    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..

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    3. This looks fantastic! Pinned it!

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    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.

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    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.

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

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

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    8. That lookd so delicious. Taking clicks with grated broccoli makes it look like the king of vegetables. A nice way to sneak broccoli into a dal.

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    9. That’s a lovely idea to add broccoli to dal though I never understand why people don’t like broccoli....it is my favourite. Will try this version of it too!

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    10. Shredded broccoli in dal is a very interesting addition. Innovative.

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    11. Now who would have thought to add broccoli to lentils!!! Hahaha very innovative!!! Looks great....

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    12. Adding grated broccoli to the root dal is a nice and healthy twist. It must have tasted yummy and ofcourse healthy too.

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    13. Adding grated broccoli to dal is a good way to sneak in this veggie into the dish! A healthy dish indeed!

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    14. Wow such a healthy and delicious Soup. Looks yummy.

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    15. This is a very interesting recipe. I must admit that I am a very fussy eater and veggies like broccoli aren't my favourite. This is one of the ways I can include it in my diet. Bookmarking!

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    16. Broccoli is a happy veggie in my house thankfully ..and I cook arahar dal almost daily. So this version of your dal with grated broccoli will make a flavorful and healthy variety Renu..thanks for this lovely share !

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    17. Wow Renu! Smart step...adding grated broccoli . Even in my family no one likes broccoli, so I'm going to follow your steps

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    18. Adding grated broccoli is a novel idea.. I usually add only florets.

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    19. What a great combination of flavors Renu! And the broccoli adds even more nutrition to our dal. So a win win all around!

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    20. Never added broccoli in daal. This sounds innovative .

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    21. Dal with broccoli looks delicious renu! i love to add different veggies to my dal too! a delicious way to mask and sneak the veggies kids wont eat! Love how you have added broccoli here!!!

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    22. Dal with broccoli is a good way to use this veggie. I should try it sometime, nice share.

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    23. Wow such a lovely post . Never tried broccoli in Dal. Sounds wonderful. Amazing share dear.

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    24. Great way of incorporating broccoli in our diet along with the daily dal!! Nice idea, it looks lovely :)

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    25. Best way to hide those veggies when your kids dont want to see them, isnt it.

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    26. Such a lovely way to add brocolli in dal, bookmarking to try soon dear :)

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