Split Red Gram Dal (Gujarati Tuvar Dal)

Split Red Gram Dal (Gujarati Tuvar Dal)

Introduction :

An inexpensive and nourishing meal

Split red gram (also called Tuvar Dal in India) is cooked this way in Gujarat for health and nutrition.

Serves: 4
Cooking time (approx.): 32 minutes


Ingredients :

1 cup(s) split red gram (tuvar dal)
1 tomato(es) chopped finely
2 tablespoon(s) oil
1 teaspoon(s) each of mustard and cumin seeds
1 tablespoon(s) finely chopped ginger
2 green chilli(es) slit 4 cups water
4 curry leaves
½ teaspoon(s) each of asafoetida and turmeric powder
a squeeze of lemon, jaggery and salt to taste


1. Soak the split red gram in water for about an hour. Add turmeric powder, salt and a drop of oil to the gram along with the water in which it was soaked. Now, heat on medium level till it comes to a boil and then on low level for about 20 minutes or till the gram is fully cooked.

2. Heat oil in a pan till it is hot and drop in the mustard seeds followed by the cumin seeds and then asafoetida. Fry on medium level for about 2 minute(s) till the seeds splutter. Add this to the cooked red gram and let it come to a simmer.

3. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for about 10 minutes.

Serve hot with: Green Peas Rice (Matar Pulav), white rice or Indian bread (Roti).