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Pepper Dal Recipe for Babies, Toddlers and Kids

Pepper dal - Easy gravy with lentils, pepper and other spices. Best for cold and cough
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Lentils
Cuisine: Indian
Author: Kalyani


  • Toor dal - 1/2 cup
  • Water - 1.25 cups
  • Green chillies - 1
  • Big onion - 1 medium sized
  • Tomato - 2 medium sized
  • Garlic - 5
  • Asafoetida/Hing - 1/8 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Coriander leaves - 1 tsp to garnish
  • Salt - as required

To Dry Roast and Ground into powder

  • Black Pepper Corns - 1 tsp

To Temper

  • Ghee/butter/oil- 1 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Red chilies - 1
  • Curry leaves - 1 sprig


  • Dry roast 1 tsp of whole pepper in a small pan until nice aroma comes. Cool it down and grind in a blender/mixie to a coarse powder.
  • Chop onions, garlic, green chilies and tomatoes finely . Set aside. Wash toor dal thoroughly 2-3 times and soak it in water for 5 minutes.
  • Take the soaked toor dal in a pressure cooker, add 1.25 cups of water, chopped onions, tomatoes, green chilies, garlic,hing, turmeric powder and required salt. Close the lid of the pressure cooker and pressure cook it for 3 whistles in medium flame.
  • Once pressure released , open the cooker. Mash it slightly using a spoon.
  • Heat ghee in a pan and add cumming seeds. Fry it until cumin seeds cracks. Then add curry leaves, red chilies, freshly grounded black pepper powder and saute them for a minute. switch off the flame once done.
  • If the dal is watery, boil it in medium flame for 3 minutes or until it becomes thick. Dont boil it too much as cooking the dal too much, spoils its taste. Once the dal becomes slightly thick, add tempered items and give a quick stir. Switch off the flame once done and garnish with chopped coriander leaves


Serving: 3g