Dal Tadka

Arhar Dal or Toor Dal is the most common dal prepared in all households across India. Dal Tadka recipe is very simple and easy to prepare. You can relish it with rice or with your favorite sabji and roti. It is prepared with pigeon pea along with some onions and tomatoes and a few spices.

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: North Indian

Time: Preparation – 5 mins, Soaking – 10 mins Cooking – 20 mins, Total – 35 mins

Servings: 2


  1. Arhar Dal (Toor Dal or Pigeon Pea) – 1/2 cup
  2. Onion – 1 small (finely chopped)
  3. Tomato – 1 medium (puree)
  4. Green Chili – 1 (finely chopped)
  5. Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp
  6. Turmeric Powder – 1/3 tsp
  7. Red Chili Powder – 1 tsp
  8. Garam Masala Powder – 1/3 tsp
  9. Coriander Powder – 1 tsp
  10. Asafoetida – 1/6 tsp
  11. Whole Dry Red Chili – 2 (optional)
  12. Coriander Leaves – for garnishing
  13. Ghee – 2 tbsp
  14. Water – 1 – 1 1/2 cups
  15. Salt to taste.

PS: 1 Cup = 250 ML

How to make Dal Tadka:

  1. Take a bowl and add dal. Wash it thoroughly and soak for 10 mins
  2. Drain the water and transfer dal to a pressure cooker. Add turmeric powder, salt and 1 cup water.
  3. Mix and close the lid. Keep it on a high flame
  4. Let first whistle blow on high flame. Then turn the flame to medium and cook for 2-3 whistles
  5. Once pressure settles down open the lid and check if dal is soft else cook for another 1-2 whistles
  6. While dal is cooking heat ghee in a pan. Add cumin seeds and asafoetida. Let it splutter
  7. Add onions and green chili. Saute till onions are golden brown
  8. Add tomato puree and spices – 1/2 tsp red chili powder and coriander powder. Mix and cook till ghee starts to separate
  9. Once tadka is ready mix it to the cooked dal. Add water if dal is thick. Cook for a minute or two
  10. Turn off the flame. Add garam masala and coriander leaves. Mix
  11. Transfer the dal to a serving bowl as we need to do tempering before serving
  12. For tempering, heat ghee in a ladle or a small pan on low flame
  13. Add remaining red chilli powder and whole dry red chilies
  14. Stir and immediately pour it on the dal
  15. Your Dal Tadka is ready. Serve hot with rice or your favorite bread.

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