Dal Tadka | Dal Fry

Dal Tadka is one of the most common dal recipe from Indian cuisine. It is a comfort food and can be enjoyed with rice or phulkas. To prepare it you’ll need pigeon pea, onions, tomatoes and a few spices.

Also Try: Chana Dal or Masoor Dal

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: Indian

Time: Preparation – 20 mins, Cooking – 25 mins, Total – 45 mins.

Servings: 2-3


  1. Arhar Dal (Pigeon Pea) – 1/2 cup 
  2. Onion – 1 small (finely chopped)
  3. Tomato – 2 small (finely chopped)
  4. Green Chili – 1 (finely chopped)
  5. Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp
  6. Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp
  7. Red Chili Powder – 1/2 tsp
  8. Garam Masala Powder – 1/4 tsp
  9. Coriander Powder – 1 tsp
  10. Asafoetida a large pinch
  11. Dried Red Chili – 1
  12. Coriander Leaves for garnishing
  13. Ghee (Clarified Butter) – 2 tbsp + 1 tsp
  14. Water – 2 cups
  15. Salt to taste.

PS: 1 Cup = 250 ML.

How to make Dal Tadka:

  1. Soak dal for 15 mins, then thoroughly rinse it and add to a pressure cooker along with turmeric powder, salt and water. Mix and close the lid, cook on medium flame for 4-5 whistles. Turn off the flame and once the pressure settles down open the lid and check if dal is cooked else cook for another 1-2 whistles. Keep aside
  2. Heat 2 tbsp ghee in a pan. Add 1/2 tsp cumin seeds and asafoetida, let it splutter
  3. Add onion and green chili, saute until light golden brown
  4. Add tomato, 1/4 tsp red chili powder and coriander powder. Mix and saute until ghee separates. Add garam masala powder and mix, tadka is ready
  5. Add tadka to the cooked dal, also add coriander leaves and give it a nice stir. Transfer it to a serving bowl
  6. Add 1 tsp ghee in a ladle or a pan. Add dried red chili and 1/2 tsp cumin seeds, let it splutter. Add 1/4 tsp red chili powder and stir, now pour the tempering on the dal. Your Dal Tadka is ready. 


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