Recipe – Tadka Dal or Dal fry or Mixed Dal Tadka

Tadka Dal
Tadka Dal

Prep Time: 10-15 mins

Cook Time: 25 mins

Serves: 4


  • Split Green gram (Moong Dal): 1 cup
  • Split Red gram (Tuvar dal / Arhar dal): ½ Cup
  • Split Bengal gram (Chana dal): 1/4 cup
  • Salt: 1 1/2 teaspoon or to taste
  • Oil or Ghee: 1 Tablespoon
  • Cumin seeds: ½ Teaspoon
  • Onion: 1 medium sized, chopped
  • Tomato: 1 medium sized, chopped
  • Ginger: finely chopped, 1 teaspoon
  • Garlic: finely chopped, 1 teaspoon
  • Green Chili: finely chopped, 1 teaspoon
  • Bay Leaf (Tej patta): 1
  • Clove (laung spice): 1
  • Turmeric powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Red Chili Powder: 1 Teaspoon
  • Asafoetida (Hing): 1 pinch
  • Curry Leaves: 4-5
  • Red Dried Chili: 1 or 2
  • Coriander leaves: finely chopped, 1 tablespoon
  • lemon juice: 1/2 tablespoon
  • Water: 4 cups or as required


  • Combine the lentils (dals) and wash them 2-3 times. Soak it in water for 10-15 minutes.
  • Pressure cooker the dals with water, turmeric, salt and 1 teaspoon of oil. 3 whistles are good in high flame.
  • Wait till the hot air escapes from the pressure cooker and then open it. Approx. 8-10 minutes after turning off the heat.
  • Take the cooked dal in a bowl and adjust the consistency of the dal using hot water. Blend dal nicely using a spoon or wooden hand blender.
  • To make the tadka, heat 1 tablespoon oil or ghee in a frying pan. Add cumin seeds and when they change color add dried red chili, curry leaves, bay leaf, clove and asafoetida (hing). Stir for 30 seconds.
  • Add onion, garlic and ginger. Sauté until onions are golden brown.
  • Add Tomatoes, green chili, red chili powder. Sauté until tomatoes are cooked.
  • Pour the tadka mix on the dal and cover it immediately for 2 minutes.
  • Remove the cover. Add lemon juice and coriander leaves. Mix well and serve hot.

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