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25 September, 2012

Toi~ Dal The Goan Way

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Like I have said somewhere
here in this blog not many people are aware that Goan have a number of delicious
vegetarian dishes!
 Today on the last day of BM I will like to share one
delicious Goan Dal.
 The vegetarian
dishes are made ” satvik” no onion, no garlic. Difficult to believe
but Goans are a deeply religious lot and there days in a week when the average
Goan goes “Shivrak” that is vegetarian… . Reluctantly, of course
but they do adhere to the age old custom!
So on days the Goan is “shivrak” he/she
has “chanyacho ras”, some vegetable, rice, batat kapa (which are
shallow fried potatoes) and rice, toi .
Chanyaco ras is made using peas, vegetable is
many times radish or ridge gourd but toi is dal.
Fragrant and delicious!!

So here is the famous Goan


To make Toi you will need:

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  • 1 cup toor dal
  • 1 potato, scrubbed and chopped fine

For the tempering:

  • 1 tsp oil
  • Mustard
  • Hing/asafetida
  • 1-2 curry leaves
  • 1-2 green chillies, slit
  • 3 tblsp coriander, chopped

Optional items :

  •  1 tsp
    rasam masala
  • 1 kokum
  • Turmeric


1.    Wash the toor dal. Add the potato pieces add enough water and pressure cook
for up to 3bwhistles.
2.    When the pressure drops remove and mash the dal.
3.    In kadhai/wok heat oil, splutter the mustard seeds, curry leaves and the green
chillies. Add the hing.
4.    Add the mashed dal , add sufficient water say 2-3 cups, salt and bring to
5.    Generally the Goans do not add the items listed under optional items but
knowing my family who will complain about the anemic dal I added them.

The Goans use a lot of coconut, even in Toi there
is coconut coarsely ground added to the boiling dal, but since my daughters do
not appreciate it I did not add coconut. You may add 2-3 tblsp coarsely ground.
I have also eaten Toi with ginger added to it.

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0 thoughts on : Toi~ Dal The Goan Way

  • October 4, 2012 at 3:31 am

    this dal looks so nice and thick, due to potato…I really want to try this one

  • October 28, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Very Simple yet Delicious Recipes these…

    Keep it UP… I always try your recipes, but at my own pace.

    Good work, indeed, I shall recommend it to all my Connections !

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