Toor or Arahar Dal with Rice

Toor Dal or Arahar Dal (lentils) is a traditional Indian soup-like dish usually eaten with rice and chappati.

(Recipe makes 3-5 servings)



  • 1 cup Toor/Arahar Dal (lentils)
  • 3 cups water
  • ¼ teaspoon haldi (turmeric powder)
  • ¼ teaspoon namak (salt), or according to taste


  1. Rinse the dal with cold water once or twice
  2. Add 3 cups of water, the haldi, and the namak to the dal in a pot and bring to boil
  3. After boiling begins, turn down heat to low and let simmer until the water and lentils have mixed well together

NOTE:  If needed one can use a pressure cooker (it cooks faster)

Chowk (roasted flavoring)

Red mirch (chili) and Jeera (cumin seeds) roasted in oil for chowk


  • 1 tbsp Mustard oil (preferred), or any cooking oil
  • ½ tsp jeera (cumin seeds)
  • 2 dried red mirchi (chili)


  1. Heat oil in a pot
  2. Add jeera and allow to cook until seeds turn brown
  3. Break each dried chili into 2 or 3 pieces and add to pot
  4. Once chili changes color to slight brown, turn off heat and mix into cooked dal

FINAL STEP: Before serving, after everything has been done and mixed, squeeze a quarter of a lemon or lime into the dal



  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 2 cups water


  1. Rinse rice with cold water twice
  2. Place rice and water in a pot and bring to boil
  3. Once boiling, reduce to low heat, and cover pot
  4. Check rice in approximately 20 minutes

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