How to Cook Toor Dal | How to Cook Toor Dal in Pressure Cooker

how to cook toor dal

If you wish to know how to cook toor dal, then you've come to the right place. The key point about cooking toor dal that would make you smile is the method is quite easy. Toor dal that is well-cooked is essential, to make the final dish tasty. So, let's get to know how to cook toor dal.

You can choose to cook toor dal in a pressure cooker or in a utensil. With the first, you can cook the dal faster and thus save on gas or electricity. Another key benefit of using a pressure cooker, for this purpose, is to preserve more vitamins.

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Pressure cooking helps retain 90-95% of vitamins.1

Because of the benefits of pressure cooker, the steps given below focuses on how to cook toor dal in pressure cooker.

Add cooking oil to the toor dal. Such an oil:

- Makes the dal softer
- Prevents the overflow of water

You have to soak the toor dal in water for a minimum of 20 minutes. The steps to cook the dal without soaking it are also given below.

Some of the cuisines that has toor dal as a main ingredient are dal sambar and holige, also known as puran poli or bobbatlu.

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1. Toor dal 1/2 cup
2. Oil or ghee 1/2 teaspoon
3. Turmeric powder 1/4 teaspoon

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4. Water 1-and-1/2 cup

How to Cook Toor Dal?

1. Add toor dal to a pressure cooker pan.

2. Add about 3/4 cup of water.


Mix and drain the water.


Do not rub the dal with your fingers, because the nutrients in the dal will be lost.

Repeat the above steps again.
3. Soak the dal in 1-and-1/2 cup of water for a minimum of 20 minutes. Forty-five minutes is recommended.


You can increase the quantity of water, depending on how much stock (liquid part) you will need to make a dish.

Before you ready other items to prepare a dish, wash and soak the toor dal first. With this approach, the dal will be ready to be cooked.
4. Add oil and turmeric.


5. Keep the flame low.

Cover the lid.


After one whistle, switch-off the stove. The dal will be cooked, flattened and broken.

If you want the dal to be mushy, switch-off the stove after two whistles.


If you cook the dal entirely on a low-flame, the cooking time will be more but you will save gas.

Are you in a hurry to cook the dal without soaking it? If yes:

- Set flame to high.
- Cook till two whistles.
- Turn the flame to low.
- Cook for a few minutes.
6. After the pressure subsides, open the lid.

7. Cooked toor dal is ready.

how to cook toor dal final

TIPS How to Cook Toor Dal
1. The more time you soak the dal in water, the faster you can cook, saving time and gas or electricity.
2. If you are cooking toor dal in a container in the pressure cooker, use toor dal and water in the ratio of 1:2.
3. Sometimes the dal will not cook properly. The reasons might be the poor quality of water and or the type of dal. To solve this problem, use mineral water.