October 27, 2009

Apple Dal


I don't know where my day goes nowadays. I don't find enough time to post more regularly. Friends are beginning to comment, requests are piling up, so are the recipes and pictures. Here is a recipe that has been waiting it's turn for a year.

When my mother-in-law was here last year, she brought a bunch of Tamil food magazines. In one of them was this apple dal recipe. I wasn't sure how it was going to turn out when we made this for the first time. But it was such a simple recipe and the slight tart and sweet taste of apples really enhanced the lentils. It really captured the fall :)

1-2 green apple (choose slightly tart ones)
1 cup cooked toor dal
1 medium onion - chopped
2 green chilies
1/2 tspoon each of mustard & cumin seeds
1/2 tspoon turmeric powder
1/2 tspoon red chilli powder
1/2 tspoon cumin seed powder
1/2 tspoon coriander seed powder
pinch of asaefotida
1/2 tspoon lemon juice
2-3 curry leaves
bunch of cilantro - chopped to garnish

Peel and dice the apples into medium cubes and mix it with lemon juice. Set it aside for 10-15 mins. Heat oil and temper it with asafoetida, mustard and cumin seeds. Then add in the green chiles, curry leaves and the onions.

Add the turmeric, cumin, coriander, and red chilli powder. Then add in the apples and let it simmer for 4-5 minutes. Then add in the toor dal, 1 - 1 1/2 cup water and let it cook till the apples turns soft.


Garnish with cilantro and serve warm with rice.


  1. apple dal sounds very interesting..nice idea to use green apples...looks very delicious mandira

  2. Wonderful idea Mandira! I can imagine the different kind of tartness and the apple's flavour in the dal. :-)

  3. I would have never thought the two ingridients together at all.
    Love the idea and dal looks yumm.

  4. Very delicious and prefect dish to make out those sour green apples, looks yumm!

  5. Kind a like making mango dal. This looks delicious and a bit different from the regular dal.

  6. Ah, this is something very very different. At least I got a new way of preparing lentils, I was fed up with the same old onion sauted dal :).

  7. great way to infuse the tartness of apples in a simple dal..love this recipe!

  8. Different fruity dhal and I am wondering How the apple hold the shape !

  9. Mandira, that looks delish, got plenty of apples lying around, will make this for dinner.

  10. This is a totally new recipe. This is the apple season, perfect

  11. where can I find turmeric powder? If I don't find with what can I replace it?

  12. quite unusual but sounds interesting. it looks really nice i guess anekta amader tak daal er moto.

  13. Fantastic combo! unusual one!

  14. Apple dal sounds so creative! I make mango dal during summer. I like to infuse fruits in a spicy dish.

  15. I have had mangoes in Dal, not apples... Nice new idea...
    Looks yum as usual.

  16. Dal with apple.Sounds interesting.Will give a try .New comer here .Do visit http://padhuskitchen.blogspot.com/

  17. Thanks Sushma, Sharmila, Happy Cook, Priya, ISG, Sudeshna, SuperChef, Cham, Sunita, Sandeepa, Mi, Sayatani, Parita, Kumudha, HCOF, Padhu . As you can see in the pics, the apple pieces held their shapes, but were mushy.

    Eta anekta taker daler moto, but with more sweet notes. Try koro!

  18. Apple dal...... sounds interesting...will try it soon...you have nice collection of recipes.... visit my blog also



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