Dalithoy/ Konkani style Dalitoy/Dal Curry/ Daal

“Dalithoy” is called as “Kuldevu” (God) in Konkani language. It is a common curry found in every Konkani people’ house. The speciality of this curry is, it takes less time, no complex masala, flavourful, nutrition rich and many. Lentils/ toor dal/ dal curry without using onion, no garam masala. Pigeon pea is called Tuvar Dal or Toor dal in Hindi, Thori daali in Konkani. Pigeon pea is a healthy grain. This recipe can be used as a soup or Protein filled curry recipe for lunch or dinner. This curry is Konkani recipe/ Amchigele style/ Coastal curry recipe called Dalithoy/ Dalitoy. Authentic dalithoy uses only pigeon pea (tuvar dal). Mix of two lentils can be used. The recipe using tw lentils curry is in curry list. This curry recipe uses very less amount of oil, no much masala or without using coconut.

The ingredients or items required and the preparation time is also less which will be helpful during lockdown days to cook. It is one pot meal if consumed as a soup. The use of asafoetida (hing) in the curry enriches the nutritional benefits and also the flavour, taste. The speciality of this recipe is it is an Indian vegetable sambar/ sambhar recipe prepared without garam masala. South Indian curry recipe best suited for rice/ chapathi/ nan/ roti/ dosa and any. It is a perfect lentils soup. The ingredients or items required and the preparation time is also less. The use of red chillies and green in the curry enriches the nutritional benefits and also the taste.

This curry can be prepared instantly and when you have no time or no vegetables at home. The blend of moong dal and toor dal with hing and red chillies always provides aroma. The tadka or seasoning in coconut oil or any oil gives out the authentic taste of Konkani food. This recipe is temple style version of dal curry recipe. The flavour dal recipe can be used with rice/ chapathis/ roti. Unlike other curries, this can be preserved for many days.

How to cook dal/ lentils fast?

Wash and soak the dal for 10 -15 minutes in water. It helps in cooking process fast. You can pressure cook it for 3 whistles or cook without cooker in a pan.

Tricks for good taste:

  1. Soak the lentils for 10 minutes for faster cooking.
  2. Pressure cook the lentils well and mash it.
  3. Add spicy chillies for more spiciness in curry (optional)
  4. Pressure cook lentils with hing, curry leaves, salt and chillies for better taste.
  5. Add a pinch of turmeric while pressure cooking the lentils to get good colour in the curry.

Servings: 4 Members

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking Total Time: 15 Minutes

Serving Suggestion:

  1. Main course/ side dish recipe for Roti/ Chapathi/ Phulka/ Rice.
  2. Side dish recipe with Dal
  3. Side dish with Dosa/ Idli/Appam/ Porridge/ Pyaj/ Kanji.

Detailed Video Recipe in 80 seconds: https://youtu.be/nm2_Zrsr60Y

Ingredients Required:

1. Toor dal/ Togari bele/ Tori daali/ Split Pigeon Pea –1 cup

3. Salt — 2 tbsp

4. Water — 4 cups

5. Green chilly –2


1. Coconut oil/ any oil –2 tbsp

2. Red chilly –2 to 3

3. Curry leaves –few

4. Mustard seeds –1 tbsp

5. Jeera –1 tbsp

6. Coriander leaves–few

AMCHI Cooking Recipes:

  1. Lobia masala without onion.
  2. How to make besan laddu.
  3. Panchakajjaya/ Panchakadayi
  4. Lentils soup/ Dalithoy/ Belesaaru
  5. Curry without onion and garlic
  6. Curry recipe without dal
  7. Sweet poha recipe


Step 1: Wash 1 cup Toor dal (split pigeon peas) and add 2 cup water into a cooker.

Step 2: Add 2 cups water, 1tsp Salt, 0.25tsp Turmeric, 3 curry leaves, 2 pinches hing, 2 green chillies.

Step 3: Pressure cook for 3-4 whistles.

Step 4: Once dal is cooked well, mash it well.

Step 5: Seasoning: 1tsp Oil, 1tsp Mustard seeds, 1 tsp cumin seeds, few curry leaves, 1 red chilli, 2 pinches asafoetida.

Step 6: Add 1 cup water to cooked dal (as per consistency), coriander leaves, 1tsp salt and mix well with seasoning.

Step 7: Bring it to boil for 2 minutes. Adjust salt or spice level if needed.

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