The April month’s mega marathon has come to an end and this month we start with the regular 3 days/4 weeks blogging.

This week I have chosen Dazzling Dals as the theme and it should feature a dal recipe in gravy style.

When fresh tuar as in season, I made this as a side for chapathi and packed it for the kids lunch box as well.

I have already posted another version of gravy using the same tuar dal whick you can find here. I have added potatoes to that dish along with tuar dal and this version features tuar as the star. .

It is a very creamy side dish without the use of cream / butter!

Let’s see how we can make this Fresh Toor / Tuar / Pigeon Pea Gravy Recipe

I used:

Fresh tuar Dal-1 cup,shelled
Garlic -4 pearls, chopped
Poppy seeds- 1 teaspoon
Roasted channa dal – 2 teaspoons
Melon seeds- 1 tablespoon
Chili powder- 1 teaspoon
Turmeric powder-a large pinch
Coriander powder- 1 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Oil-2 teaspoons, divided
Cumin seeds- 1 teaspoon
Coriander leaves to garnish

Heat oil in a pan and saute onion and garlic.When onion turns soft, add tomatoes and cook for a couple of minutes till the raw snell gies. Now add melon seeds, poppy seeds,roasted channa dal and cook for a couple of minutes.Let it cool.Transfer this mixture into a mixie jar and grind to a smooth paste,adding water only if needed,.Keep aside.

Heat the remaining oil in a pressure cooker and add cumin seeds. When it splutters, add the ground paste and the chili powder, turmeric powder, salt and coriander powder.Mix well. Add a cup and a half of water ,mix

Add the tuar dal and pressure cook for 2-3 whistles / till the dal is cooked. Once the pressure releases, open the pressure cooker, give it a mmix.

Serve garnished with coriander seeds.


  • You can add cinnamon, cloves or any other spices while sauteing onion and garlic mixture.
  • Adjust the quantity of water to get the desired consistency.


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13 thoughts on “Fresh Toor / Tuar / Pigeon Pea Gravy Recipe”

  1. PJ by fresh toor daal do you mean the green toor danas , just like peas ? And are these available in Coimbatore ?
    The daal sounds delicious and perfect with both rice and roti .

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