How to Make Indian Style Yellow Arhar/Toor Dal Recipe

Different cultures around the world utilize different methods for cooking dal, or lentils. One cannot deny that these legumes are among some of the most important ingredients used in daily diets. And yet what would life be without variation? To combat boredom and to change things up from time-to-time, there is a helpful suggestion for those who lack creativity when preparing this versatile food: try using multiple varieties of pulses and cooking them in unique ways. For example, you might start off with a yellow variety of dal (a common type).

To learn more about the easy and convenient way to cook yellow dal, please refer to this food guide below. One of its easiest ways is provided here along with all of its possible outcomes. Follow it diligently if you want success!

How to Make Delicious Yellow Dal at Home:

Ingredients Required:

Split Pigeon Pea (Toor/Arhar): 1 cup
Onion: 1, finely chopped
Ghee: 4 tablespoons
Garlic: 3 cloves, finely chopped
Salt to taste
Turmeric Powder: ¾ teaspoon
Cumin Seeds: 1 teaspoon
Red Chilli Powder: ½ teaspoon
Dry Mango Powder: 1 teaspoon

Method to Prepare Yellow Dal Recipe:

Soak the dal in enough cold water for at least 30 minutes. Rinse it thoroughly under a steady stream of cool running water to make sure there are no stones or other impurities inside it before boiling it until soft.

Now, taking half of the ghee and adding in a quarter of the onion and garlic – cooking over medium heat until they are golden brown. Then we will add in some turmeric powder along with the lentils and salt to taste before mixing everything together with just enough water to create a stew-like consistency.

Stir the mixture vigorously, then bring to a gentle simmer over low heat for about twenty minutes. Once it simmers after adding the dry mango powder, let it stew for another fifteen minutes longer. Finally in a separate pan, melt the remaining half stick of butter (ghee) and stir in cumin seeds until they crackle and darken -about 10-12 seconds. Add onion and garlic to this mixture which will also cook down until they turn light pink -about 5-7 minutes.

Add on the red chili pepper and stir the mixture for the next three to four minutes. After this seasoning is done cooking, it should be added to the pan in which the lentils are being cooked. Let it simmer for the next few minutes before taking it off of the stovetop and pouring them into a serving bowl.

Garnish the hot lentils with lemon juice and fresh coriander, then serve it next to steamed rice or chapatis.

Tips to Remember:

  • The dals shouldn’t be boiled beforehand as done in various other recipes. It is supposed to be cooked in the pan while simmering instead.
  • It is important to cook the dal correctly before adding on anything else.
  • The taste of the dal can be tailored to whatever kind of preference you desire. If you want something spicier, try adding some dry mango or red chili powder.
  • Yellow lentils are traditionally eaten as a side-dish with other food to compliment its flavor. It can also be cooked alongside rice or flatbreads if desired for best results.


Today we are sharing a recipe for Indian style yellow arhar or toor dal. This recipe is actually very simple and can be cooked in a pressure cooker or cooked on the stove top. The key to making this dal flavorful is the turmeric. Turmeric is naturally very flavorful. It is a root that is ground into a powder. The flavor is amazing in this recipe! Turmeric is a great spice to use for yellow dal.

The yellow dal is made with yellow lentils or split pigeon peas. We’d love to hear about your experience and any changes you made to the recipe. If you have any questions about this recipe or about Indian food in general, please feel free to comment or email us anytime. Thank you for reading, we are always excited when one of our posts is able to provide useful information on a topic like this!

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