Easy Pressure Cooker Dal with Infused Peanuts is my go-to everyday Dal that I make within 10 minutes. It’s delicious, healthy and full of protein. It’s a family pleaser and one recipe that I make to have a simple meal without any fuss.
Dal is a ubiquitous dish that every household in India makes. The varies of dried lentils and pulses used is quite astonishing. And every household makes it differently. You will often hear, “My mom’s dal is amazing”. It is a recipe that is handed down through generations quite unconsciously. North of India uses Amchur powder (dried Mango powder) and Garam Masala a lot. South of India uses Coconut to sweeten the dal. The region of Rajasthan uses cloves and anardhana powder (dried and powdered pomegranate powder). However you make it, it remains a favorite amongst everyone, including for people outside India.
I love Toor Dal, called Split Pigeon Peas in English, Tur in Marathi, Kandhi Pappu in Telugu, Thuvara Parippa in Kerala, Thuvaram Paruppu in Tamil Nadu, and Togari Bele in Kannada. And Toor Dal dishes are not only popular in India but also in the Caribbean, Bahamas, Thailand and many parts of Africa and Latin America.
My easy pressure cooker dal is a recipe that has been modified over generations and is a mix of cultures from my travels all over India. It is cooked with tomatoes and peanuts to infuse flavor quickly for those busy weekdays. I make rice in one vessel/pressure cooker and dal is getting done in another. Meanwhile, I quickly make a green beans stir fry. And my nutritious, healthy, scrumptious dinner is ready all within 30 minutes. If I am particularly in a hurry or just plain lazy, I add the green beans to the dal, before cooking and now it’s one-pot meal.
Where to buy
1. I buy organic Toor Dal form Indian specialty stores near my house. But these days, you also get them online. Try Organic Split Pigeon Pea (Toor Dal) by 24 Mantra Organic
2. Pressure Cooker I use – Prestige Deluxe Plus Aluminum Pressure Cooker, 5 Liter
4. Immersion Blender I use (I have a very basic one) – KitchenAid KHB1231 2-Speed Hand Blender Empire Red Electric Mixer
Serve this dal with my Green Beans Stir Fry