Toor Dal (Pigeon Split Peas) with Beet Greens and Vegetables

Toor Dal/Arhar Dal/Yellow Dal/Pigeon pea is a staple diet in Indian households. I am not quite sure why the same dal has so many names but simply served with roti, chapati or rice, it is a nutritious and tasty dish. This irecipe takes it a bit further and is even more delicious and healthy. The simple Dal becomes a wholesome meal in itself. Beet greens, cauliflower, pumpkin and toor Dal is cooked and served with a tadka of chilies, mustard seeds, cumin and asafetida. Slurp up a plateful of rice with it and do not feel guilty! Using a pressure cooker (or insta pot or Ninja Foodie) makes this a super quick and simple meal. There is no labor some cooking involved at all @sarchakra

PREP TIME: 10 mins

COOK TIME: 20 mins



  • Beet greens 2 cups, chopped
  • Pumpkin 2 cups chopped
  • Cauliflower 1 cup
  • Pigeon Split Peas (Toor Dal) 1 cup
  • Oil 1 tbsp
  • Nigella seeds 1 tsp
  • Ginger 2 tsp, grated
  • Salt
  • Turmeric 2 tsp
  • Coriander powder 1 tbsp
  • Red chili powder 2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds 1 tbsp


  • Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a pressure cooker. Temper with nigella seeds.
  • Put in beet greens, cauliflower and pumpkin. Add salt, turmeric, coriander powder, red chili powder and ginger.
  • Stir and cook for 2 mins.
  • Add pigeon split peas. Add 3 cups of water. Close the pressure cooker and cook for 2 whistles. Let the pressure release by itself.


  • Cumin seeds 1 tbsp
  • Whole red chilies 2
  • Mustard seeds 2 tsp
  • Asafetida a pinch
  • Ghee 2 tbsp
  • In a small pan, heat ghee. Temper with cumin seeds, asafetida, mustard seeds, whole red chilies and cook till aromatic and golden.
  • Pour tadka over Dal.

For garnish

Coriander leaf 2 tbsp, chopped

Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

Washing the beet greens thoroughly
Temper nigella seeds
Add the vegetables
Stir and fry
Add Dal and pressure cook
Cooked Dal
Toor Dal with Beet Greens and Vegetables is ready

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