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I believe that salt is to food, what food is to life. In right proportions, it can heighten the taste of what you eat..and in the wrong - destroy! Even the most delicious sweets come added with some salt...to taste!

As for me, I've never enjoyed cooking. And as contrary to my owning a food-blog as it may sound, I always think about daily, routine cooking as a chore. But my tryst with the pots and pans began when I got a kitchen all to myself...I began experimenting and exploring new worlds in my own home. Some outcomes were excellent and some plain disasters. Then sprouted the need to keep track of all those good ones...and hence this blog!

Here, I share those experiments that pleased more than one palate!

February 2, 2010

Toor Dal Chutney

For those of you totally bored with the good old coriander chutney, here is a refreshing new way to look at the traditional Indian dip. You fry up some lentils until they are smokey, grind them with some spices and voila - You are all set to gorge it down.

1/2 Cup Toor Dal
2 tbsp Coconut (I've used frozen slices)
3 cloves of Garlic
2 Red Chillies (adjust according to your desired heat quotient!)
1/4 Cup Onions - Cubed/Sliced
2 tsp Tamarind Pulp
A sprig of Coriander
And, of course, some salt to taste!

- Place a wok on your burner under a low-medium flame.
- Once it warm, toss in the toor dal and fry until fragrant
- Now add garlic and fry
- Add the coconut, red chillies and onions and fry until they all give out a warm smokey aroma (You can increase a flame a tad bit, but keep an eye so that you don't end up burning it since each ingredient roasts at a different temperature)
- Once roasted, set aside to cool
- Toss the roasted ingredients in a mixer/blender and add the tamarind pulp, coriander and salt
- Use minimum water and grind into a fine paste.
- Serve with freshly prepared idlies.



  1. Hey,am seeing a toor dal chutney for the first time! Must try this out... Have eaten this with Channa dal though..

  2. Do try it Suma. It has a unique, smokey flavour to it....and goes great with idlis.