Slowcooker Toovar Dal

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Toovar/Oil dal can be found at most Indian spice stores.  It is cheap, high in fibre, high in protein and super easy to prepare in the slow cooker.  The flavour of this dish is really amazing and the aroma will linger in your house, making the neighbours drool…

Slowccoker Dal


  • 500g oil dal
  • 7 cups boiling water
  • half a ripe tomato, cut roughly into chunks
  • 4 heaped tablespoons canned crushed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon tumeric
  • salt to taste


  • 5 crushed garlic cloves
  • 4.5 teaspoons whole cumin/jeera seeds
  • 3 teaspoons ground coriander/dhanya powder
  • 2 teaspoons black mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon tumeric
  • 10 dry curry leaves
  • 2 heaped teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • crushed chillis to taste
  • 1 teaspoon vegan butter/margarine/olive oil (I used Cardin Margarine)


Wash the dal thoroughly, picking out any stones.  Add all of the first list of ingredients to the slow cooker, give a good stir and turn onto low for 7-8 hours.

After 7 or 8 hours, melt butter in a pan and add garlic and ginger.  Fry until nicely browned.  Quickly add all the spices and put on the lid.  Turn heat to medium.  After about 15 seconds, open the lid briefly to give a quick stir and close lid again for another 15 seconds.   Remove lid, turn heat up and fry for another 15 seconds before adding the spices to the slow cooker.   As soon as the spices have been added, give a quick stir and close the slow cooker lid, leaving it to cook for another 30mins.

Stir slow cooker mixture thoroughly to cream some of the lentils and mix spices in fully.  Serve over warm basmati rice.

Smells sooo good…
Dr T

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