Sunday, August 05, 2007


This is a typical goan recipe which we call as “TONAK” you can change the main ingredient with the same masala and procedure and the name changes. The taste remains almost the same.
Here I a writing about the veg tonak which can be made tasty and ‘non-veg’ by adding some prawns to it.


2 cups Masoor (whole not dal)
3 medium sized onions
11/2 cup grated coconut
2 medium sized potatoes cut into cubes (large)
2tsp Garam masala powder
1sp red chili powder
1 tsp dhania jeera powder.
Large marble sized tamarind ball
Salt to taste.


Soak masoor in 4 cups water for about 2-3 hours.
Finely chop 2 onions and slice the third onion
Peel and cut potatoes into cubes.
Drain water from the masoor and mix with potatoes
Pressure cook for 1 whistle (be careful as the masoor cooks quickly and may get mashed)
You can cook it without the pressure cooker too but this takes a bit longer.
Take a kadai, heat and add oil
Add the sliced onions, when the oil is hot. Stir till the onions turn brown
Now add the grated coconut, fry till they become nice and brown.
Grind this mixture with the marble sized tamarind.
Take a pan, heat and add oil to it.
Add the finely chopped onions and stir fry don’t let them turn brown.
Add all the masalas and stir
Now add the cooked masoor and potatoes
Add salt and let it cook for sometime.
Finally add the ground coconut and onion paste.
Let it boil for some more time
A tasty masoor masala is ready.



Nupur said...

Thank you so so much, Mahek! This is exactly the way I remember it. I will be trying this in a couple of days :)

Cinnamon said...

Looks very delicious, a different dish with masoordal!! Thanks for sharing!

zlamushka said...

Hi Mahek,

This is a wonderful looking dhal dish. I love them, they are all so creamy. Bookmarked yours, will try soon. It is really hard to get fresh coconut here, so do you think I can just quick fry the dessicated dried instead?

Mahek said...

you are welcome Nupur

your name is so interesting ,
yes you can try it with desicated coconut , the taste wil change a bit and you should use less than the amount mentioned for fresh grated one.

Sharmi said...

hey Mahek, I make masoor with simple tadka, tomato and onions. but tamarind and coconut is like a different touch. more like a south Indian gravy. I will make it this way next time.

Supriya said...

awesome recipe.One note is to make sure to not pressure cook everything together( the masala paste and the masoor).You have to pressure cook the masoor first and then ass the paste and boil The flavor is definitely different


do you make sol kadi regularly in your meals ? Could you please tell me how you make it


could you please visit my blog to find out post of your interest.

zlamushka said...

Coolio, I ll try then, thanx a lot for your help :) I like cooking from your blog.


nothing new ? What's the name of your other blog ?

Mahek said...

you havent read the other one...
i have been quite busy , and so could not write posts , i have got such a lot to be posted but to write something on it you have to be in the right frame of mind ,i have recently put in two posts on the other one pls read them.


For Ukadiche Modak.

1.Vinayak Keshav and Co. at Maharaja Bldg. JSS Road, Near Girgaum Church, Mumbai Phone no.2388 5112 and 6515 1508 They prepare Modak at their residence.

2. B.Tambe at Thakurdwar
3.Kutumb Sakhi at SK Patil Udyan. Charni Road)
(They have branch at Dadar, I will check with them tomorrow and get phone nos.)


Could you please tell me name of other the blog ? I was used to have access to it thru your profile. Since you have removed profile from this blog, I am finding it difficult to trace.

Mahek said...

i was going to give it when i replied earlier but forgot.


To get Ukadiche Modak in Dadar – Please try at ( I will also try to find out exact details , but if you stay in the nearby area could you pl check around )

1. Samarth Dryfruits , RK Blgd , Corner of Ranade and Gokhale Road,
2. Panshikar or is it available with a person having small stall and sitting outside Panshikar
3. Godbole on Vaidya Marg, ( Is it opp Panshikar ?)
4. Shop next to udipi hotel near Dattatray ( I think his name is also Samarth )

Anonymous said...

i think this recipe may be liked by my husband too. will try it.