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Chaote dal

This dal recipe combines tuvar dal and chaote squash. Moong dal can also be used. This recipe has a total of only 4 ingredients - dal, chaote, tomatoes and basil. It is finished off with a seasoning of cumin seeds with green chillies. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4


  • 1 cup Toor dal Tuvar or Pigeon peas
  • 1 cup Chaote squash diced
  • 1 cup Tomatoes chopped
  • 10 Basil leaves cut into swirls
  • 3 Green Chillies slit
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 3 tsps Oil


  • Cook the toor dal in a pressure cook until soft
  • Take a sauce pan - add the dal and chaote squash; cook until squash is cooked 5-7 mins tops 
  • Take another saucepan and add the tomatoes and cook to a pulp
  • Now add the tomatoes to the dal, chaote mixture
  • Finally take a small saucepan, add oil, cumin seeds and green chillies and fry
  • Add it to the dal and mix everything together
  • Dal is ready!