We are having Tok Dal aka Kancha Aam diye Toker Dal quite regularly these days. Kancha Aam aka Green Mangoes after all in season and we are utilizing those as much as possible as part of our regular meal at home. Among other things, a light lentil soup prepared with Green Mango and Red Lentil aka Masoor Dal, known as Tok Dal is the most common one.
Talking about Toker Dal, the recipe I am going to share as part of this post calls for Kancha Aam and Masoor Dal. However, Tok Dal can be prepared with Arhar Dal or Motor Dal as well and instead of green mangoes, other souring agents such as Amra aka Hog plum can also be used.
While going through the recipe, you will see how easy it is to make Toker Dal at home. Starting from the ingredients to the process of cooking; a beginner can cook it. I am mostly purchasing mangoes in bulk and my house-help is making the Dal following my recipe. This dish is also known as Aamer Dal or Aam Dal.
Kancha Aam diye Toker Dal in Summer and the benefits!
This dal is quite common in Bengali households during the summer. We, in general, make it light with limited spices and almost runny. This lentil soup is dominated by the flavor of green mango and also by the goodness of it. Going by the climatic condition in both side of Bengal, people here prefer to eat and drink summer friendly dishes during the summer. These dishes nourish their body and soul and also dehydrate. This particular Lentil soup prepared with green mango caters all these summer needs and hence popular in the Bengali households. Moreover, it tastes amazing.
Here’s how I make Tok Dak aka Kancha Aam diye Toker Dal at Debjanir Rannaghar!
- Serves: 4 People
- Serving size: 100g
- Calories: 254
- Fat: 8g
- Saturated fat: 1g
- Carbohydrates: 41.8g
- Sugar: 24.6g
- Sodium: 585mg
- Fiber: 10.6g
- Protein: 7.9g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
- Red Lentil/ Masoor Dal: 100g
- Green Mango: 1 or 2
- Mustard Seed: 1 Tsp.
- Turmeric Powder: 1 Tsp.
- Red Chili: 3
- Sugar: 1 Tsp.
- Salt: To taste
- Mustard Oil: 2 Tbsp.
- Wash Lentil thoroughly under running water 2-3 times.
- Peel the skin of the mangoes and cut into long strips after discarding the seed.
- Heat oil in a Pressure Cooker.
- Temper the oil with Mustard Seed and Dry Red Chili.
- Add Green Mango strips and cook for a minute after adding salt.
- Now add Red lentil followed by 2.5 cups of water followed by Turmeric Powder
- Add Sugar as well and adjust salt.
- Cover the cooker and put the vent weight.
- Keep the flame on the lower side and cook until 3 whistles come out.
- Switch the flame off and wait until the pressure drops completely.
- Open the lid and mix with a ladle.
- Serve it with hot steamed rice and a hearty side of Aloo Bhaja or Aloo Bhate.
You can add a few green chilies as well.
Some people add ginger as well, however, I prefer the tok dal as simple as possible and dominated with the flavor of green mangoes.
Increase or decrease the sugar based on your need. You can skip it altogether as well.
Summer-friendly Recipes from Debjanir Rannaghar!
- Lau Shaker Chorchori (Also known as Bengali Vegetarian Mishmash with Bottle Gourd Greens)
- Cucumber Raita Kheera Raita (Also known as Indian Yogurt and Cucumber Salad)
- Pyaz Diye Masoor Dal (also known as Bengali Red Lentil Soup with Onion)
- Aam Kasundi (also known as Bengali Style Mustard and Mango Sauce)
- Mango Mint Date Lassi (Also known as Mango Mint Date Smoothie)
- Pui Saag diye Masoor Dal (Also known as Red Lentil Soup with Malabar Spinach)
- Fresh Fruits and Yogurt Popsicles (Also known as Breakfast Popsicles)
- Eggless Strawberry Oatmeal Bars (Also known as Strawberry Oatmeal breakfast bars)
- Bengali Kolai Dal (Also known as Biulir Dal or Bengali Urad Dal)
- Rum and Raisin Ice Cream
- Banoffee Panna Cotta with Cherry Compote (Also known as Banoffee Pannacotta)
- Mango Salsa (Also known as Mango Salad)
- Katoya Data Chorchori (Also known as Bengali Style Mix-veg with Drumsticks)
- Watermelon, Black Olive and Feta Cheese Salad
- Mango Mastani (Also known as Mastani drink)
- Strawberry Orange Popsicle (Also known as sunshine popsicle)
- Kulfi (Also known as Kulfi ice cream)
- Strawberry Lemonade (Also known as Strawberry cooler)
- Kumro Phuler Bora (Also known as Bengali Pumpkin Flower Fritters)
- Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream (Also known as Eggless Strawberry Ice Cream)
- Cabbage Poriyal (Also known as Cabbage Thoran or South Indian Stir Fried Cabbage)
- Lau ar Aloo er Khosa Bhaja (Also known as Stir-Fried Bottle Gourd and Potato Skin/ Peel)
- No Churn Fresh Cherry and Chocolate Chip Ice Cream (Also known as homemade Cherry Ice cream
Have you tried the Tok Dal recipe from Debjanir Rannaghar!
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