Mar 082014
Tomato Dal

Andhra Tomato Dal

Tomato Dal Andhra style is lentils cooked with tomato and spices. Andhra Tomato Pappu has a rich texture and a distinctive tangy flavour.

Pappu with tomato is a popular and delicious Andhra dal. Tomato Dal is usually cooked with tuvar/tur dal/kandi pappu, though it varies as per personal choice.

Tomato is a superfood that’s rich in anti-oxidants, excellent for heart health and helps lower cholesterol levels. It’s loaded with Vitamin C, has anti-cancer properties and boosts bone health.

Tomato Dal Andhra Recipe:

Tomato Pappu is known for its bold flavour and colourful appearance. Andhra Tomato Dal tastes awesome with hot rice and a dollop of ghee! Learn how to make South Indian pappu tomato recipe

How to make Andhra Tomato Dal:

Andhra Tomato Pappu

1. To make lentils with tomatoes, take Tur Dal in a bowl and wash well. Tranfer the dal into a pressure-cooker, add sufficient water and cook till done. Mash the cooked dal lightly and set aside.

Boiled Tur Dal for Tomato Pappu

Boil dal

2. Slice the onions, chop tomatoes and coriander leaves, slit the green chillies. Wash and pick curry leaves. 

Andhra Tomato Pappu Ingredients

Tomato Pappu Ingredients

3. Heat oil in a frying pan. Sizzle mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Add dry red chillies and garlic flakes. Saute. 

Pappu Tomato Tempering

Prepare tempering

4. Add hing, urad dal and curry leaves. Saute till the curry leaves are turn crisp.

Fry onions for vegetarian dal with tomato

Saute onions

5. Add sliced onions and slit green chillies and fry for a couple of minutes.

6. Tip in chopped tomatoes. Sprinkle turmeric and cook covered on low-medium flame till the tomatoes turn soft. 

Add tomatoes for Garlic Tomato Dal

Cook tomatoes

7. Add the cooked dal and combine well. Add salt and bring the tomato pappu to a boil. (Add some water if the dal gets too thick).

Add boiled tur dal

Add boiled dal

9. Garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves and serve Tomato Dal Andhra style with steaming hot white rice with a little drizzle of ghee and pappad.

Kandi Pappu Tomato

Tomato Dal

If you are looking for more recipes of lentils, do try out Dal Khichdi and Aamer Dal.

Andhra Tomato Toor Dal Recipe details:

Tomato Dal
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
Tomato dal Andhra style is a delicacy. Nothing gets better than digging into a plate of steaming hot rice generously topped with delicious tomato pappu and blob of homemade ghee – just drool-worthy! Do try out this mouth-watering kandi pappu tomato recipe!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Andhra
Servings: 2
Calories: 129 kcal
Author: Shil
  • Tur Dal Kandi Pappu – 1/3 cup
  • Onion – 1 medium sliced
  • Garlic – 3 pods lightly crushed
  • Tomato – 1 large chopped
  • Green Chilli - 1
  • Curry Leaves – 1 sprig
  • Coriander leaves – 1 tsp
  • Oil – ½ tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – ½ tsp
  • Cumin seeds – ¼ tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Turmeric – ½ tsp
  • Urad dal – ¼ tsp
  • Red Chilli – 1
  • Asafoetida – a pinch
  1. Wash and pressure cook the tur dal until soft. Lightly mash and keep aside.
  2. Add oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and allow to crackle. Add cumin seeds and red chillies, sauté, add garlic flakes and stir till slight brown,
  3. Add a pinch of hing, urad dal and curry leaves. Saute.
  4. Add onions and green chillies and stir for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Add tomatoes and turmeric and mix well. Cook with a lid on till the tomatoes turn mushy.
  6. Add the cooked and mashed dal and salt to the onion-tomato mixture and combine well. Simmer till a slightly thick consistency is reached.
  7. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve Andhra Tomato Dal with steamed rice.
Recipe Notes

* You can use a combination of tur dal and moong dal also.
* You can add 1 tsp of tamarind paste to enhance flavour.

Tomato Dal Fry With Tur Dal – Andhra Tomato Pappu With Onion Garlic
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