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5 from 11 votes

Lachko dal, Mashed toor dal

Lachko dal, pressure cooked toor dal, mashed and tempered with spices. Makes a delicious accompaniment with rice,
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: How to cook mashed toor dal, How to make dal for lunch, Indian dal recipe, Toor dal
Servings: 4 people



  • 1 cup Tuvar dal/toor dal/Tuvaram paruppu
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • ½-¾ tsp salt or to taste
  • ¼ tsp hing/asafoetida
  • Fresh coriander leaves for garnish


  • 2-3 tbsp ghee/clarified butter use vegatable oil for vegan version
  • ¼ tsp mustard seeds
  • ¼ tsp cumin seeds/jeera
  • 2 nos red chilies, broken into two i have used long variety
  • a sprig of curry leaf


  • Wash the dal twice with water. Add twice the amount of water and let it soak for 15 minutes.
  • Pressure cook the dal until soft. I usually cook it for 4-5 whistles so it becomes soft and easily mashable with a potato masher or back of the ladle.
  • Let the pressure release on its own. Mash the dal well. Next step is tempering, though the step is optional, i would definitely recommend it.
  • Heat a tadka/tempering pan with ghee/oil. When its hot, splutter mustard seeds, add cumin and chilies along with hing and curry leaves. Pour this sizzling tadka over the dal.
  • Garnish the dal with fresh coriander leaves and serve it with steaming hot rice for a warm comforting meal.