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Aloo Dal

Rina Vora
10 minutes
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
4 People
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My mom always used to say, "anyone can cook an elaborate dish because it is preplanned. What is really tricky is to rustle up something with the minimum available ingredients, simple yet tasty. Today I'm sharing one such recipe, made with minimum ingredients, can be prepared in a jiffy and is yummy to the core. Dal without dal, that's Aloo Dal, let's embark on yet another culinary journey.

Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Easy
  • Everyday
  • Indian
  • Simmering
  • Pressure Cook
  • Blending
  • Boiling
  • Main Dish
  • Healthy

Ingredients Serving: 4

  1. potatoes 3 medium
  2. tomatoes 3 medium
  3. ginger 1 inch piece
  4. garlic 4-5 cloves
  5. Green Chillies 2 ( chillies can be added according to taste )
  6. turmeric Powder/Haldi 1/4 tsp
  7. salt to taste
  8. Oil/ghee 1 tbsp
  9. cumin Seeds/Jeera 1 tsp
  10. Dry Red Chillies 1-2
  11. water 2 cups (quantity can be altered as per desired consistency )
  12. chopped coriander leaves 1 tbsp


  1. Wash and halve potatoes, wash the tomatoes and cut into chunks. Wash and peel ginger, garlic, chop roughly. Also chop the green chillies roughly.
  2. Put all of the above in a pressure cooker, add 2 cups water, salt and turmeric powder. Pressure cook for 3-4 whistles. The potatoes should turn mushy. Let the mixture cool, you can add cold water or ice cubes to hasten the cooling.
  3. Now blend the mixture in a mixer or a hand blender to a smooth puree. You can sieve the puree if you want, I do not as all the fibre is thus lost.
  4. Adjust the consistency, add water if required. Adjust salt. Bring to a boil, lower the flame while we prepare the tempering.
  5. Heat oil/ghee, add cumin seeds, when they splutter add dry red chillies. Stir and pour over the aloo dal. Sprinkle chopped coriander and cover the vessel for five minutes. Serve with rice/bread of your choice.
  6. Let

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Hema Mallik
Hema Mallik   Jun-05-2017

simple yet different...

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