Hooray, It’s My Turn! JFI ~ December

rainy autumn day
toor dal in a Munising bowl ~ rainy autumn day

Things got unexpectedly crazy around here *again* late last week,
and I’ve been absent from my blog-rounds. Much catching up to do!

I’m also a little late but, better late than never… because…

Hooray! It’s my turn to host Jihva.

Like a little kid, I am very excited! The first blog event I ever took part in was Indira’s original Jihva For Mangoes, and oh, how hesitant and unsure I was!
New to blogging, new to Indian cooking, new to the whole *community*.

Timidly I emailed Indira, asking, was it ok for me to go along too?

Indira, I have never forgotten your kind encouragement from way back when;
nor others’ since. I’m glad of the chance to carry that spirit forward to anyone
who has newly discovered the fun of blogging.


Jihva for December

To quote Indira’s original post:

“Jihvā, the Sanskrit word means taste, desire and deep longing. . .”

Well, I couldn’t exactly have a Jihva for Michigan (where I so long to be!).
So I chose something else dear to my heart — an ingredient which,
when denied it too long, my taste buds rise up in protest to declare their desire.

I’m sure you’ve guessed.

You probably know.

It’s the unassuming

yet illustrious

Toor Dal!


In a way, this is something of an offshoot of the incomparable
“Jihva for Dals”, hosted by our own dear Sailaja back in July of 2006.
I consulted with the creator of Jihva herself, and received the OK
to zero in on one specific dal.

This holiday season, I am back-to-basics and appreciating the myriad simple pleasures life holds. One big pleasure is certainly the endless variety of delicious dishes that can be made with this most basic of ingredients.

This is my chance to pay tribute to authentic Indian cooking, for which I have an enduring love, and also to all of you, wonderful friends who have encouraged and taught me so much.

Showcase your easiest everyday dal, your fanciest koftas, or anything else that comes to mind. If you showcase your special sambhar I will really swoon! 😉

festive toor dal
toor dal in holiday dress

In other words, please send any of your favorite dishes with toor dal as a main ingredient. The only “rule” is to make it easy on yourself. Whatever you celebrate, festival season is upon us full force — we don’t want to make more work. If you posted a favorite toor dal recipe long time back, feel free to post it again. I’m sure many bloggers have not had time to read back into the archives of some of the more long-standing blogs — I know I surely haven’t — so if you’re lacking time, pull out something fabulous from the past and send it along.

Of course, if you create a new masterpiece, please send that as well!

Anything and everything Toor is most welcome!

To Participate in JFI: Toor Dal

Post your favorite recipe featuring toor dal as a main ingredient on your blog, anytime from now till December 7, 2007.

Email me at outofthegarden1911_at_ yahoo.com.
Please put JFI in the subject line, and include the following:

Your name

Your blog name

URL of your post

Photo of your entry
(preferably in 200 x 200 pixel, but I realise some programs
can’t do this — approximation is fine)

If you don’t have a blog but still wish to participate, email me your recipe and photos if you have them, and I will post for you.

The roundup of lovely toor dal dishes can be expected by mid-December.

From the simple and humble everyday to the inspired star-of-the-show, I look forward to reading and learning everything I never knew about toor dal.

Thank you for reading and indulging me, and above all, have FUN! 🙂


Don’t forget to send your entries to Vee of Past, Present, and Me
for the second half of Jihva Special Edition: The Festive Series,
deadline November 11 for Diwali treats!

UPDATE: JFI:Toor Dal — The Round Up Part 1 ~ A-M is now up here


The Round Up Part 2 ~ N-Z is now up here.

Many thanks to everyone who participated and made this toor dal party such fun for all!



  1. Chandrika said

    Excellent choice Linda!! Count me in! 🙂

    Great, Chandrika! Happy to see you back in action 🙂

  2. Indira said

    Dear Linda, I love you for picking the toor dal for Jihva. I am from the part of the India, where toor dal is the main protein for many people. My family, everyone I know depend on toor dal and rice for sustenance. Thank you for choosing such dear ingredient for Jihva.

    Toor, toor, here we go.:)

    Thank you Indira — I’m so happy you like the choice, and can’t wait to see what you create for us! Here we go, indeed! 🙂

  3. Srivalli said

    wow..thats an excellent one..and so easy for me!..:)..is it ok for us to send more than one entry?…bcos the original guideline says one entry…

    Sure, Srivalli, send more than one! That’s the idea, easy and fun! 🙂

  4. Latha said

    Hi Linda,
    Super choice! This opens up so many possibilities 🙂 Enjoy the hosting!
    Happy Diwali to your family too. May this year bring you and your family good health, wealth and prosperity!

    Thank you Latha, and Diwali wishes to you and your lovely family, too. Looking forward to some goodies from your kitchen! Hugs to you, my friend 🙂

  5. bhags said

    Thats a smart and protein full of JFI….Happy Diwali

    Happy Diwali to you too, Bhags — I’m looking forward to all that protein! 🙂

  6. Suganya said

    Toor dal is so over looked. Nice choice Linda.

    Thank you Suganya — I’m sure you can work some of your photo magic on this as well as kitchen magic 😉

  7. shammi said

    Ooh, that’s the second event I’ve gotta take part in! I LOVE toor dal. Its probably my favourite! To echo Suganya – “Nice choice, Linda”! 🙂

    Thanks Shammi — it’s my favorite too. Can’t wait to see what you will make! 🙂

  8. padmaja said

    Linda!! I love toor dal out of all the other lentils which are available.
    Toor dal is always in your weekly menu once or twice. So i am definitely in with more than one recipe!!!
    great theme!!!

    I’m glad you like the theme, Padmaja — really looking forward to your entries! 🙂

  9. indosungod said

    Linda, great choice of ingredient.
    Remember the days of duct tapes, canned good storage warnings ,we used to joke then “that our stash of toor dal will get us through anything” It is a life saver too!!

    It’s even more lifesaving with your magic sambhar powder, ISG 😉 I’m sure you’ll whip up something wonderful! 🙂

  10. sia said

    cool one 🙂 count me in ….

    Hooray! Look forward to your delicious entry, Sia 🙂

  11. Happy Cook said

    Count me in i am there.

    Thanks Happy Cook — looking forward to see what you create 🙂

  12. Rajitha said

    love toor-dal…great choice 🙂

    Thank you Rajitha, looking forward to your dal dish! 🙂

  13. Nupur said

    Yay! I’m excited…it is the most-used dal in my kitchen for sure. Will try and come up with something special for this extra-nice host!

    Aw, thank you Nupur! Everything out of your kitchen is extra-special so I can’t wait to see! 🙂

  14. Laavanya said

    Linda.. great choice for JFI. I’d panic too if I were to ever run out of toor dhal in my pantry! 🙂

    I’m glad you like the choice, Laavanya — looking forward to seeing what comes from your pantry 🙂

  15. Asha said

    YESSSSSS!!!!! Yummy Toor dal , so versatile, can make so many siple to difficult!!Excellent choice Linda!:))
    Got some time, will bring it!

    Oh Asha, I’m really anxious to see what superfantastic dal dishes you’ll make! 🙂

  16. sandeepa said

    Hey Linda with you hosing shall surely participate but it will only be a simple dal from me. Would love to see what people create out of it

    Sandeepa, I know we will love *any* dal from your kitchen! I can’t wait 🙂

  17. Thanks for your wishes in my blog linda!:) HAPPY DIWALI TO YOU TOO! May be you don.t celebrate!:)
    Toor dal is a wonderful ingredient for the event! We use it every day! I can send you umteen dishes made using the dal!:)Is there any limit to the no of entries?

    No Limit, Latha, well — as long as I have the bandwidth 😉 Thanks for the good wishes — I love *all* festivals and holidays! 🙂

  18. sunita said

    Linda, wonderful theme for an equally wonderful event.

    Thank you Sunita, I’m excited about it! Look forward to your entry 🙂

  19. Richa said

    something i can’t do without….great choice!

    btw ur wish has been fulfilled, come on over…… 🙂
    Thanks dear!

    I’m glad you’re back Richa! Badam sooji halwa looks divine 🙂

  20. Siri said

    Awesome choice for an awesome event.. Count me in Linda.. :))

    – Siri

    Thanks a bunch, Siri! Can’t wait to see your creation 🙂

  21. bee said


    yippee!! 😉

  22. Shweta said

    Dear Linda, This is the first time I am leaving a comment on your blog 🙂
    Toor daal is a lovely choice 🙂 It is the lifeline of Indian food I believe, daals in two homes have never tasted the same to me! This will be fun!!

    Hi Shweta, and welcome! I’m so glad you said hello. I agree — no two recipes I’ve made taste the same. Looking forward to trying yours! 🙂

  23. mansi said

    Sounds like fun…missed the last event..will definitely make it to this one!

    oh, btw…nice music on your blog:) and wish you and your family a Happy Diwali!

    Thanks Mansi, can’t wait to see what you will bring! Diwali wishes to you and yours, too 🙂 (oh, and glad you like the music!)

  24. Richa said

    hey, just wanted to let you know you can try making the almond powder at home! just roast and grind, easy peasy 🙂 lemme’ know if you need any other details!

    I was afraid you might point that out Richa, and I bet it tastes alot better freshly made, too! 😉 Thanks! I might give that a whirl 🙂

  25. Dhivya said

    wow! what a choice…You sure are going to have ur hand’s full(!!) with the no. of entries thats going to pour down on you 🙂 🙂

    Oh, I hope it rains and rains toor dal, Dhivya! Looking forward to your contribution 🙂

  26. TBC said

    I am sooooooooo in, Linda! I use this at least twice a week. In fact this is the most used dal in my kitchen. Will send you somehing :-). There are gonna be so many fab entries for this one!

    Can’t wait to see what you cook up, TBC! It should be fun 🙂

  27. ruchii said

    Toordal I cook with it everyday.very nice choice. Count me in Linda.

    Fantastic! I look forward to your entry Ruchii 🙂

  28. mandira said

    Great theme for JFI Linda, will surely participate 🙂 Happy Diwali to you and your family.

    Thanks Mandira, I can’t wait to see your dal treats!! Diwali wishes to you and Aswin, too 🙂

  29. Rahin said

    hey Linda, nice theme, looking forward to come up with something interesting, esp. for u 🙂

    Hi Rahin, can’t wait to see what you create! 🙂

  30. Dhivya said

    Hi Linda…

    Nice theme…Have sent u an entry..Hope u like it 🙂

    Hi Dhivya, I just popped in and saw your yummy entry which looks easy to make, too! I’ll be trying it soon. Thanks so much for participating 🙂

  31. Bharathy said

    I prepare toordal dishes 4 days a week!!!..excellent choice!

    Great, Bharathy! Does this mean we can look for four yummy entries? 😉

  32. meeso said

    That first picture with the leaves is really cool…Also, I like that song “Michigan Girl” you have playing, never heard it before but, of course, I like it 😉

    Of course you would like it too, meeso 😉 Glad you liked the pic too, thanks! 🙂

  33. Nags said

    i have sent u an entry 🙂 hope it works 🙂

    Oh, that works just deliciously and perfectly, Nags! Thanks so much! 🙂

  34. Hey, i am in too…will send u entry shortly

    Thank you SIF — I’m looking forward to see what you send 🙂

  35. Hi Linda
    sure will participate !!!

    Hi Swapna, so glad to see you and can’t wait for your entry! Thanks! 🙂

  36. siriroop said

    Hi Linda,
    I want to participate in this but I have a recipe posted on my blog earlier which I would like to submit. Am I allowed to?

    – Siri

    Hi Siri, surely, send in an earlier post — anything you like that’s toor dal! And thank you for stopping by 🙂

  37. siriroop said

    Am at http://thebravecook.blogspot.com

  38. […] a recipe that a lot of people have been looking for. So I decided on this recipe as my entry for JFI Toordal hosted by Linda of Out of the Garden. Thanks for hosting the event Linda! My MW version of this recipe is published in Tupperware Cook […]

  39. Aparna said

    Have sent in an entry for JFI Toor/ Tuvar Dal.

    Thanks Aparna, I got it and sent you a note 🙂

  40. Aparna said

    Hi Linda,
    I had sent an entry for JFI but my mail box shows there was a delivery failure. Have resent the entry. You might receive the same entry twice!!

  41. Wonderful selection Linda. Toor dal is an everyday staple food right from the kid to the oldest member of the family. Starting from the simple dal rice we feed the kids everyday, to the simple rice dal porridge for old people, this one is the most used grain after rice here in Tamilnadu (India). I have quiet a number of recipes and have to think hard to contribute one here. Thanks a lot!

    Thank you, Nirmala — I can’t wait to see which you choose! Should be lots of fun to see all the dishes in the end 🙂

  42. rinasrecipes said

    Hi Linda, Great theme, I’ll surely send in my entry.

    Great Rina, I look forward to it, thanks! 🙂

  43. @shu said

    Hi Linda, Toor dal is my lifeline.. I am in 🙂

    Hi @shu (clever nickname!) 🙂

    Happy to have you join us, look forward to your recipe! 🙂

  44. Namratha said

    Yay Linda, I fianlly found your post…I’ve been looking high and low to find the JFI for this month…hehe! I knew it was there somewhere but couldn’t find you dear, lovely theme…count me in! 🙂

    Yay, Namratha! I’m glad you finally found me 🙂 So glad you like the theme and looking forward to seeing your delicious dal dish! 🙂

  45. Kajal said

    Very nice theme….I am sure participate with new recipe.:)

    Thank you so much, Kajal! Can’t wait to see what you prepare for us 🙂

  46. Shella said

    Toor daal is a favorite of mine, will try to contribute. Nice theme for JFI

    Great, Shella! I’ll look forward to something delicious from Kitchen Art 🙂

  47. Kalva said

    Hi Linda,
    I sent u email at outofthegarden1911_at_yahoo.com, and i think it bounced. My entry for this event is here. Do email me at curryinkadai_at_gmail.com. Thanks Linda

    Hi Kalva, got your lovely entry from your blog! I’m sorry for the inconvenience — not sure why Yahoo bounced the email. Thank you for participating! 🙂

  48. […] Linda’s JFI- Toordal and […]

  49. MADHURI said

    Hello Linda,
    I would love to participate in this event.I just posted the recipe today in my blog and Asha(Foodie’s Hope) suggested me to send it to u.Can I still send it to u.Kindly let me know.

    Hi Madhuri, and welcome! Yes, please do send along your toor dal recipe – can’t wait to see, and thank you! 🙂

  50. Bharathy said

    I am ready with the pic..will post soon! :)..
    the story behind-my cam died on me suddenly when I was shooting the toor dal dish :).. leaving me frustrated.. got mad till I got a spare which I had to return after an Hour..:)

    Hi Bharathy, don’t you hate it when you’re all set to take pics and the dish looks perfect, and the camera dies! Thank you for going to all that trouble to photograph your toor dal. I’m sure it’s going to be lovely, looking forward! 🙂

  51. Bharathy said

    By the way..I love that back ground music here..LOVELY and LIVELY

    Glad to hear that! I like the song, too 🙂

  52. Srivalli said

    Hello Linda,

    I sent my entry to outofthegarden1911@yahoo.com, but it bounced back..let me know which id to send it to.

    Hi Srivalli, not sure why it would bounce — a few others’ have as well. Must be some whim of Yahoo’s. I apologize for the inconvenience. I can pick it up right from your blog if you like 🙂

  53. […] am sending this recipe as an entry to Linda of Out Of The Garden for JFI Toor Dal she is hosting this […]

  54. Srivalli said

    No probs Linda, if you can give me someother id to send the entry. Or if its not a problem to you, you can take it. But I would prefer I send, as you might already have loads of work!

    No trouble, Srivalli — sent you an email 🙂

  55. […] Dal and Amaranth Adai go to the sweet gal with the sambar addiction – Linda @ Out of the Garden for Jihva for Ingredients – Toor Dal, an event conceived by Indira @ […]

  56. Hi,

    I have posted a recipe for this event.

  57. […] so intriguingly delicious that I still make it 4 days a week. So when I read about  Jihva for Toor dal , I thought I could be courageous enough to post something for a fellow Michgander and a blogger […]

  58. valli said

    hello linda, I tried emailing my recipe for the JFI toor dal to the address outofthegarden1911@yahoo.com. somehow i got a mail error. Is there any other email?

    thank you,

    hi Valli, I’m not sure why Yahoo is rejecting some mail. I apologize for the inconvenience. I think yours finally did come through! 🙂

  59. […] is my contribution to the event Jihva for Ingredients:Toor Daal hosted by the wonderful Linda of Out of The […]

  60. Maya said

    Hi Linda,
    I am new to the blogging world. Just started a month ago. Asha from FoodiesHope told me abt ur event here after seeing a post of mine. I will be sending you an entry for this event.

    Hi Maya, and welcome! I’m over at your blog now looking at that yummy toor dal dish! So glad you will be participating in JFI Toor Dal! 🙂 (and Thanks, Asha! 🙂 )

  61. Rajeswari said

    Hi Linda,
    Just posted and sent my contribution to this event..hope it reached you!!

    Surely did receive your great entry, many thanks Rajeswari! 🙂

  62. […]  I am so happy to know the due date of JFI has been extended and sending  this as my entry for Linda’s JFI-Toordal. […]

  63. […] Toor dal with fenugreek seeds This is my entry for this month’s Jihva for Toordal hosted by Linda of Out of the Garden  […]

  64. Padmaja said

    i made drunstick n toor dal and going to post tomorrow, the deadline date 7th do u think you can include me??? I know i have bee going crazy at work!! 1/4th of my hair is already gone!!!

    Hi Padmaja, of course we’ll include your drumstick dal (my favorite, YUM!). Don’t worry… I know that crazed feeling at work too 🙂

  65. Thanmayi said

    I just happened to see the event today…i am a new blogger and would like to send in my favourite recipe with tour dal. Hope i can make it by tonight.

    Hi Thanmayi, and welcome! Any time until tomorrow night (the 7th), that’s just fine. Looking forward to your recipe! 🙂

  66. […]       This dish I am sending to Linda of Out of garden,for her JFI – Toor dal Event!! […]

  67. […] goes for JFI Toor dal hosted by lovely […]

  68. […] is the dal my hubby prepared for dinner yesterday. So it’s an entry from him to the JFI Toor Dal Event hosted by […]

  69. […] the many possibilities with toor (aldo called tuvar, or arhar in North India) dal for the upcoming JFI: Toor Dal at Out of the […]

  70. pritya said

    Hi Linda,
    Can we post a recipe from our published book? Do you necessarily need a photograph as well?

    Rec’d your lovely entry, thanks so much! 🙂

  71. Paru said

    Hi Linda,

    I am a fairly new blogger for authentic karnataka food passed to me from generations.
    Toor bath/Togari bath as we tastefully say in karnataka is my entry for JFI this time..Thanks for coordinating such a lovely food event. Cant wait to see all the contributions..

    Happy holidays everyone

    Thanks, Paru, for posting such a delicious authentic recipe for JFI Toor! Best of luck with your new blog — looking forward to more great dishes from you! 🙂

  72. Sukanya said

    Hi Linda,
    Thanks for accepting my participation in the JFI-Toor Dal. This is my first ever JFI Entry and I am glad it started with you. I hope everyone enjoy the recipe of the Paruppu Rasam. You have put up an amazing slide show and I am totally in awe of the efforts you have taken to host the JFI and put up all this so beautifully.God Bless
    Thanks and Best Regards

    Sukanya, thank you so much, I am touched by your most kind thoughts! I’m so happy you decided to take part 🙂 Look forward to lots more delicious recipes from your new blog! 🙂

  73. solai said

    I aqm a frequent visitor of this site.Please visit my blog also and leave your comments and suggestions.I would also like to take part in your contests

    Hi Solai, thanks for passing by and leaving your comment! It’s not really a contest even though we call the recipes ‘entries’ — it’s just some friends sharing on the same day. With JFI, all you need to do is read the announcement and jump right in 🙂

    Best wishes!

  74. Bharathy said

    Thatz allright Linda!!Never expected you to come directly , comment and all 🙂
    Hope you had a fine beginning for the year!
    BTW, I searched all along to check up whether than green thuar had been added some where..Did I miss it?? 🙂
    purely your option to take it or not..OK?? 🙂 carry on with your posts,dear 🙂

    You haven’t missed the Toor Dal reference page Bharathy — haven’t got it finished but when I do, I will certainly let you know! Happy New Year to you and your family 🙂

  75. […] is my contribution to the event Jihva for Ingredients:Toor Daal hosted by the wonderful Linda of Out of The […]

  76. Sound like fun.

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