Cooking Toor Dahl Using a Pressure Cooker

Cooking Toor Dahl Using a Pressure Cooker

Toor Dahl is an ingredient in a variety of Indian dishes. In South India, it is typically used in items such as “Sambar”, “Rasam” etc. which are prepared and used almost daily. One of the reasons is that Toor Dahl contains a lot of protein among other good qualities. Since it is a lentil or legume, it does not have the undesirable qualities that beans have. There are several ways of cooking Toor Dahl. One is presented in this Recipe.

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Rice, Turmeric

Cooking Toor Dahl Using a Pressure Cooker

Serves 4
Cook time 20 minutes
Dietary Diabetic, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Lunch, Main Dish, Side Dish, Soup
Misc Child Friendly, Pre-preparable, Serve Hot
Region Indian
Toor Dahl is used in two main dishes called "Sambar" and "Rasam" which are prepared and used almost daily in South India. Apart from these dishes, it is an ingredient in a variety of other Indian food items.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Toor Dahl
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric
  • 5 - 6 cups Water

Note

Serving Suggestions:
1) Use it as is, slightly salted, with rice.
2) Use it as a base for soups, sauces and stews.
Options:
1) You can cook the toor dahl directly in the pressure cooker instead of in a separate bowl.
2) One example of using a pressure cooker is presented here. However, there are so many kinds available. So please adjust the instructions according to your own pressure cooker.
3) You can cook the Toor Dahl in a sauce pan instead of a Pressure Cooker. (See Recipe Here)

Directions

Step 1
Place 3 cups of water in a pressure cooker.
Step 2
Turn the stove on to High heat.
Step 3
If possible, place a slightly elevated plate inside the pressure cooker at the bottom.
Step 4
Add Toor Dahl, Turmeric and two cups of water to a bowl and place the bowl inside the pressure cooker.
Step 5
Close the pressure cooker and change the settings as necessary, ready to cook.
Step 6
After a few minutes, the pressure will start to build up. When the pressure rises and the steam noise is loud, lower the heat to low or simmer. Set the timer for 8 minutes to 10 minutes.
Step 7
When the timer goes off, turn off the stove. Let the dahl stay in the cooker for 15 to 20 minutes.
Step 8
Open the Pressure Cooker. The dahl should look cooked and mashable. If the dahl is not cooked , you can cook again. Wait until the pressure builds and switch off the stove. Make sure that there is at least 1/2 inch of water at the bottom of the pressure cooker.
Step 9
When the toor dahl cools off a little, using a hand held or regular blender, or a heavy ladle or masher, mash the toor dahl in the bowl until it becomes mushy like a paste.
Step 10
Toor Dahl is ready to be used as is with a little salt, or to be used in soups and sauces.
Step 11
Toor Dahl is ready to be used as is with a little salt, or to be used in soups, sauces and stews.
Cooking Toor Dahl Using a Sauce Pan
Rasam - The Amazing Indian Soup or Sauce
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