Simmered until tender and pressed through a strainer for a velvety-smooth texture, this turmeric-tinted dal is deliberately plain. In Parsi cuisine, it is sometimes used to thicken other dishes or served accompanied by sides like Prawn Patio. When served spooned over white rice, the butter and sugar are essential seasonings. Unsoaked pigeon peas may be prepared through step 2 in a pressure cooker.
Dhan dar can be made up to 2 days ahead and chilled. Reheat slowly, adding water as needed.
Find toor dal at Indian grocery stores or online.