Cook's Hideout: Asparagus Tomato Dal

May 10, 2015

Asparagus Tomato Dal

Blogging Marathon# 52: Week 2/ Day 1
Theme: Seasonal Veggies & Fruits
Dish: Asparagus Tomato Dal
My theme for the second week of this month's marathon is 'Dishes with Seasonal Veggies & Fruits'. First up is a simple dal with asparagus and tomato.
Asparagus Tomato Dal
Asparagus is a spring vegetable and I look forward to buying it when in season. Asparagus has a delicate flavor and is composed of 93% water. It is low in calories and very low in sodium. It is a good source of vitamins and minerals, dietary fiber, protein etc etc.

Asparagus Tomato Dal
I see asparagus all year round in the grocery stores but some times they tend to be woody and also very expensive. The in-season asparagus are very tender and reasonably priced. They almost taste like tender green beans and I love it them roasted or grilled.
I rarely used asparagus in Indian dishes but after seeing quite a few dry curry recipes on some blogs, I decided to try it in this dal recipe. It cooks up in no time and blends really well in any dish. Served with rice and papad, this asparagus dal is a comforting dish for any time of the day.
Asparagus Tomato Dal
Ingredients: Serves 3~4
Toor Dal - ½cup
Asparagus - 1cup, chopped into 1" pieces
Tomato - 2 medium ripe, chopped
Onion - 1 small, chopped
Green chilies - 2, slit
Turmeric - ¼tsp
Red Chili powder - ¼tsp (adjust as per taste)
Mustard seeds - 1tsp
Cumin seeds - 1tsp
Dry red chili - 1 (optional)
Hing/ Asafoetida - ¼tsp
Curry leaves - 8~10
Salt - to taste
Lemon juice - 2tsp

  • Cook toor dal until mushy either in the pressure cooker (for about 4~5 whistles) or in a saucepan with water.
  • Heat 2tsp oil in a pan, add mustard seeds & cumin seeds. Once the seeds start to splutter, add dry red chili, hing and curry leaves.
  • Next add the asparagus and turmeric. Cover and cook till asparagus is tender, about 3~5 minutes - depending on the thickness of the asparagus used.
  • Add the tomatoes, cover and cook for another 3~4 minutes or until tomatoes are mushy.
  • Add red chili powder and salt. Now stir in the cooked dal and mix well. Simmer for 3~4 minutes. Turn off the heat and add lemon juice. Serve hot with rice or roti.
Asparagus Tomato Dal
Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked today for BM# 52.


  1. Never tasted asparagus so far. I'm gonna try this when found this veggie in my area. Nice clicks esp first one, it's very appealing.

  2. Interesting use of asparagus.. Looks so comforting

  3. Very nice Pavani, as always the bowl of rice with dal is so comforting!

  4. That sure is an interesting dish and looks full of flavors.

  5. What a flavorful and healthy bowl of rice!! Never though of adding asparagus!! will try next time..

  6. I LOVE this dal - thick and hearty and using one of my favorite veggies

  7. A filling and yummy dish perfect with steamed rice.

  8. Very interesting use of asparagus. Should try it out sometime.

  9. Wow, never tried asparagus in dal, thats really a brilliant idea Pavani.

  10. Somehow I never am inspired to buy asparagus. This dal looks so comforting.


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