November 15, 2018

Boondi Tomato Dal

Hope you all had a great Diwali and I am sure that most of the houses will be filled with loads of sweets and savories. Many may like to have it as such, but not at my place. My family expects me to recreate those Diwali snacks into an another dish so that they never get bored. Yes! You guessed it right ;) My next few posts going to be an interesting leftover Diwali snacks and sweets recipes :)

My today's recipe is using Kara Boondi which looks like a tiny crispy balls and prepared using Besan flour. The crunchy fried balls turned into a soft, yummy and juicy boondi by adding it to a Tomato Moong dal. This dish can be served with plain rice, Jeera rice and also along with Roti.

Ingredients :

1/2 Cup Moong dal ( Cooked and mashed ) 
3 - 4 Tomatoes, chopped 
1 - 2 Tbsp Oil / Ghee 
1/2 Tsp Cumin seeds 
1/2 Tsp Mustard seeds
2 Dry red chillies 
A pinch of Hing powder 
1/4 Tsp Turmeric powder 
1/2 Tsp Red chilli powder 
1/4 Tsp Garam masala powder 
1 Cup Boondi ( Savoury / Kara Boondi ) 
Salt to taste 
Coriander leaves for garnishing 

Method :

Grind the chopped tomatoes into a fine paste and keep aside.

Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds.

Once it starts spluttering, add cumin seeds followed by red chilli and hing powder.

Add the tomato paste and mix well.

Now add turmeric powder followed by red chilli powder and garam masala.

Saute and cook until the oil starts floating on top.

Now add the mashed moong dal followed by the required quantity of salt.

Mix well and cook it for 3 - 4 minutes.

Now add boondi and cook it for another minute.

Once done, cover the lid and let it aside for 5 minutes.

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.

Serving Options :

Serve with Roti or Rice. 


  1. Wow! This is a very different recipe. Thanks for sharing. I think I am going to try it out tomorrow itself.

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  2. I normally just use up leftover kara boondi for raita, but your dal preparation looks so tempting. Awesome idea.

  3. Interesting combo.. love the idea of boondi with dal.. I just make the boondi curry with tomato gravy.

  4. What a lovely way of serving mung dal. We always have some boondis or sev left over and never know how to use them up. I will try your recipe soon.