Curried Yellow Split Peas

I was watching a film where the guys were eating “matar daal”. I know tamatarr is tomato, I didn’t know what matar was. Google said matar is peas. I peeked at the recipe and adapted it with the spices I have at home and it turned out real tasty!


1 cup yellow split peas (daal)
5 tbsp ghee (clarified butter)
2 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp cumin powder
1 medium-sized onion, freshly chopped
10 large or 15 small curry leaves
2 large tomatoes, chopped (I used Roma)
3 tbsp tomato purée
2 tsp salt (to add more after cooked)
Half tsp turmeric powder
Half tsp coriander powder
1 tsp grounded cayenne pepper
Half tsp red chili powder
1 red or green chili, finely chopped
Half tsp sugar
Half cup chopped parsley
Half cup finely chopped coriander
Half cup fried chopped onions


  1. Wash and soak the yellow split peas in water for an hour, covering it with several inches of water above the peas level. Then, drain the peas, put in a pressure cooker with 5 cups of water and let cook on low heat for around 15-25 minutes or until it sort of whistles with the foam coming out. The peas should not go creamy but should be soft enough to eat. Leave aside.
  2. In a non-stick pot, put the ghee to melt on medium-low fire then throw in: Cumin seeds, cumin powder and freshly chopped onions. Let cook for a minute.
  3. Add the curry leaves, let cook for 30 seconds.
  4. Throw in the rest: chopped tomatoes, tomato purée, salt, turmeric powder, coriander powder, cayenne pepper, chili powder, freshly chopped chili, sugar and half cup of water. Let cook uncovered for 8-10 minutes, stirring from time to time.
  5. Add in the boiled split peas and parsley. Increase the heat to medium-high and mix well with the spice. Cook for 5-10 minutes, half-covered. It should not go dry. Check the salt and add more, if required.
  6. Before switching off fire, add the coriander and fried onions. Churn well and serve hot on its own or with bread, rice, farata…

Okay, I should be honest. I love spicy food… that’s why it’s full of flavours. But you can reduce the quantity of the spices to suit anyone’s taste.


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Looks delicious! 😊


    1. It is!! Do try it out 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

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