Apple Dal with mustard

March 10, 2014

Author Notes: I had an apple tree in front of the house we were renting 4-5 year ago. That fall we had a bounty of apples. So I made apple sauce and still had apples left. My mother and MIL suggested make apple dal. The sweetness of apples really goes well with the pungent kick of mustard.mandirab

Serves: 6-7


  • 1-2 green apples (slightly tart)
  • 1 cup Pigeon pea (toor) dal
  • 1 green chile
  • pinch asafoetida
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 2-3 tablespoons oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seed powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • Salt to taste
In This Recipe


  1. Peel and dice the apples into medium cubes and mix it with half the lemon juice. Set it aside for 10-15 mins. Cook the dal with some salt and a pinch of turmeric and 2 1/2 cups water on medium heat and covered for 10-15 min till it turns soft.
  2. Heat oil and temper it with asafoetida, and mustard seeds. Then add in the green chiles, and ginger. Cook for a minute.
  3. Add the turmeric, cumin powder and mustard powder. Then add in the apples and let it cook on simmer for 4-5 minutes. Then add in the cooked toor dal, 1 - 1 1/2 cup water and let it cook for another 4-5 till the apples turns soft but not mushy.
  4. Garnish with cilantro (optional) and add the rest of fresh lemon juice and serve warm with rice.

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