Dal Tadka | Dal Fry

Dal Tadka is one of the most common dal prepared at home or served at restaurants. It is a comfort food and can be enjoyed with rice or phulkas. Recipe is quite easy and simple.

To prepare it you’ll need pigeon pea, onions, tomatoes and a few spices.

Also Try: Moong Dal, Chana Dal or Masoor Dal

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: North Indian

Time: Preparation – 5 mins, Cooking – 25 mins, Total – 30 mins

Servings: 2


  1. Arhar Dal (Toor Dal or Pigeon Pea) – 1/2 cup (soak for 20 mins)
  2. Onion – 1 small (finely chopped)
  3. Tomato – 1 large (blend to a smooth paste)
  4. Green Chili – 1 (finely chopped)
  5. Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp
  6. Turmeric Powder – 1/3 tsp
  7. Red Chilli Powder – 1 tsp
  8. Garam Masala Powder – 1/3 tsp
  9. Coriander Powder – 1 tsp
  10. Asafoetida – a large pinch
  11. Whole Dry Red Chili – 2 (optional)
  12. Coriander Leaves – for garnishing
  13. Ghee (Clarified Butter) – 3 tbsp
  14. Water – 1.5 -2 cups
  15. Salt to taste.

PS: 1 Cup = 250 ML.

How to make Dal Tadka:

  1. Rinse dal 4-5 times and add it to a pressure cooker. Add turmeric powder, salt and 1.5 cup water
  2. Mix and close the lid. Keep it on a high flame
  3. Let first whistle blow on high flame. Then turn the flame to medium and cook for 2-3 whistles
  4. Once pressure settles down open the lid and check if dal is soft else cook for another 1-2 whistles
  5. While dal is cooking heat 2 tbsp of ghee in a pan. Add cumin seeds and asafoetida. Let it splutter
  6. Add onions and green chilli. Saute till onions are golden brown
  7. Add tomato paste, 1/2 tsp red chilli powder and coriander powder. Mix and cook till ghee starts to separate
  8. Once tadka is ready, mix it to the cooked dal. Add water if dal is thick
  9. Add garam masala and cook for a minute or two
  10. Add coriander leaves and mix
  11. Transfer the dal to a serving bowl as we need to do tempering before serving
  12. For tempering, heat 1 tbsp of ghee in a ladle or a small pan on low flame
  13. Add 1/2 tsp 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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