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Dal Fry (Dal Tadka)

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Dal Fry is a popular Indian lentil recipe. This recipe uses Toor dal, which is also known as Arhar or Toovar dal. The dal is seasoned with variety of spices and it tastes delicious. This is something you often find served at Indian restaurants.

Preparation time 10 minutes

Cooking time 15 minutes

Serve 4.

Dal Fry (Dal Tadka) Recipe by ManjulaIngredients:

  • 1 cup toor dal, arahar dal
  • 2-1/2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric

Seasoning ย 

  • 3 tablespoons clarified butter or ghee
  • 1 cup tomatoes chopped I used 3 medium size tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds (rai)
  • 1/8 teaspoon asafetida (hing)
  • 2 whole dry red chili
  • 2 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon green chili finely chopped adjust to taste
  • 2 teaspoons ginger finely shredded
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro finely chopped (hara dhania)
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper adjust to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon mango powder (amchoor)
  • 1/4 teaspoon garam masala

Method

  1. Wash and soak toor dal in approx. 3 cups of water, for at least one hours. Dal will be double in volume after soaking. Drain the water.
  2. Put dal with 2-1/2 cups water into a pressure cooker and add salt, turmeric, Cook on medium high heat.
  3. When the pressure cooker starts to steam, turn the heat down to medium and cook for five minutes.
  4. Turn off the heat and wait until all the steam has escaped before opening the pressure cooker. Dal should be soft. If needed add more water, dal should be consistency of thick soup.

Seasoning

  1. Heat the ghee in a saucepan. Test the heat by adding one cumin seed to the oil; if it cracks right away, ghee is ready. Add cumin seeds, and mustard seeds, asafetida, whole red chili. After the seeds crack, add bay leaves, green chili, ginger and chili powder. Stir for a few seconds.
  2. Add tomatoes, salt and sugar stir and cook until tomatoes are tender and mushy.
  3. Add cilantro, mango powder, and garam masala cook for about one minute.
  4. Pour the seasoning over ย dal mix it well and cook for another minute.
  5. Dal fry is ready, serve this as a main dish with Indian flat bread or I prefer with plain rice.

Enjoy!


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32 thoughts on “Dal Fry (Dal Tadka)

  1. Wow! I made a double batch of this yesterday, & it was so good that I made another double batch today! Thanks for this fantastic recipe. My whole family loves it. I can’t wait to explore the rest of your site, Manjula.

    1. It’s a wonderful plate. I live in Italy and i love Indian food, thank you very much for your blog ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Hi Manjula
    Your recipes are amazing and this dal fry is no exception!
    Thank you for sharing and I look forward yo trying many more of your wonderful creations

  3. SEARCHING THE TYPE OF DAL FRY ENDED,AT YOUR DAL FRY WITHOUT ONION,U HAVE WRITTEN DAL IS CALLED TOOR OR ARARHAR
    I THINK BOTH R DIFFERENT.WELL I AM GOING TO PREPARE.TO KEEP ONE HOUR IN WATER IS NEW THING FOR ME..I ALWAYS LIKE YOUR WAY.BEST WISHES..ADV.JAVERI

  4. I was wondering , does the dal structure vary from brand to brand…? Is the soaking step really necessary? Even if I cook the dal without soaking,it gets mushed ๐Ÿ™ afraid to try this recipe by soaking the dal..

    1. Garima,more then brand of dal, how old is the dal and the water of different town can make the different, cook in a pot do not use the pressure cooker, that way you have more control.

  5. I love watching your videos, they are so helpful! I was wondering, I do not have a pressure cooker, how long would I need to cook the toor dal in a regular saucepan??

  6. Hello
    Manjulaji
    I have prepared all your recipies, its so easy to make ,
    My children loves to watch new recipe video
    Thanks!!

  7. Dear Manjula,
    Thanks so much for posting your wonderful recipes! They are all so good! I’ve really enjoyed everything I’ve made of yours. This dal fry is one of my favorite dishes! I make it on a regular basis!

  8. This is the best dal I have ever made though mine is a bit overcooked as it is too mushy and stick to the bottom. This is the first time I cook with pressure cooker. But the taste is amazing. My family do not eat onion and garlic so this is perfect for my family. Love watching your cooking show.

  9. Hi.. You give good recipes .. If u add garlic , curry leaves and tamarind paste in this.. It will taste awesome .. I love to eat it

    1. Manjulaji is from the Jain community and hence avoids cooking and eating of garlic, onions. She makes amazing dishes even without these.

  10. Thnk u for introducing me to the world of cooking . I was nvr interested in ths before .but ever since I have started following ur simple home made receipe my familyis loving me more thx agn

  11. Hi Manjula,
    I just wanted to thank you so much for your website! Your recipes are wonderful and I so enjoy watching you cook them. I have made a lot of ayurvedic foods for my health and now I also make your recipes, they are better than any of my other cook books.
    I just wanted you to know how much I enjoy you and your website,
    Thank you!
    Chrissi

  12. I made this dish last night and experienced some confusion. Please review the directions under Seasoning, steps 1 & 2. I could not reconcile the ingredient list with these two steps. Is there an error?

  13. I made this tonight and my husband and I both enjoyed it. I used 1/4 tsp. red chili powder instead of 1/2 tsp. because my husband is a little sensitive to spicy hot foods. It was the perfect amount of spiciness. I will be making Dal Tadka again. Thank you, Manjula!

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