Mixed Vegetables Dal

Two weeks back my daughter had to come home in the middle of the week for an interview for a summer class. I asked her what she would like to dinner and she said comfort food - dal and rice. I made her this Mixed Vegetable Dal with rice. She was very happy. It is so easy to please college kids.

My family is loves vegetables so I used a lot of them. You can any combination of vegetables. We like it when they hold their shape so I used zucchini, carrots and beans. If you like it you can use eggplant.

You will need
1 cup toor dal or split pigeon peas
Mixed vegetables of your choice. I used
1 zucchini, diced
1 carrot, diced
1 handful bean, diced
1 tomato, diced
1 tomato, pureed
1 tbsp garam masala (I use rasam masala)
salt to taste

1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp urad dal
1/2 tsp asafoetida
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 dried red chilli
1 tbsp oil (I use olive oil)

Wash and rinse the dal. Cook in a pressure cooker. I heat the pressure cooker and let it steam. I then add the whistle and pressure cook for 10 minutes. Turn off heat and let the pressure subside. Keep aside.

Add all the vegetables to a pan along with the pureed tomato and bring to a boil. Let the vegetables cook for a couple of minutes.

Next add the cooked dal and bring it to a boil. Add water if the consistency is too thick. At this stage consistency should be runny. Let it simmer on medium heat for a good 3-5 minutes.

During the last couple of minutes heat oil in a separate pan. Add the mustard seeds. When they sizzle add the other ingredients and turn off the heat.

Add the tempered oil to the dal and let it simmer for a couple more minutes.

The dal is ready. Serve with rice or poli.



  1. Whenever I returned home from hostel, I wanted a simple lunch with rice, dal and papad. That is what is a great comfort food. Your mixed dal looks super inviting Varada..

  2. Such a simple and comforting food.The addition of veggies make it wholesome.

  3. Other than sambar I don't add so many vegetables to dal. Am sure it tasted wonderful and will try it next time. Indeed a comfort food!

  4. Nothing can bean this simple and fantastic comforting food, i just love adding vegetables in my dal. One of the best comforting food for me.

  5. Dal and rice is the ultimate comfort food. Especially for people who stay away, it must be so hard. Glad you were able to make this for your daughter. Hope you enjoyed your time together.

  6. I'venot made toor dal with veggies in it unless its a sambhar or dal dhokri. Like your dal, it looks so delicious and healthy.

  7. lovely dal and is like a dal and veggie dish in one - great idea!

  8. This is a true one pot dish. Loads of goodness in one and yes, very comforting! Rice and dal, anytime.

  9. I always add vegetables in Dals...Easier to feed kids without any fuss...The dal looks so tempting

  10. WEow, that is such a veggie loaded dal Varada. It looks inviting and sounds perfect to serve with rice or roti.

  11. Wow such a delicious meal. The best comfort food any hostelite will enjoy. I love the simplicity n the veggies.

  12. I only add veggeis in sambhar and never tried them in plain dals, but I guess I shall try this version too. So tasty and comforting dal with vegetables.


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