Dal Tadka

This is probably my first decent dal recipe on my blog. In Mr.P s opinion, while i ve conquered many a battle in the kitchen, my strife with the dal is still a long way to go. No matter what i do, i dont make dal decent enough to measure upto Mr.P s standards.So, i dont make dal much. But when amma was visiting me this time, she told me like ever the wise one she is that not doing something is not going to help me win the struggle. Its only going to make it worse. So, i braved it this time, fished out my copy of Tarla Dalal s Dals and found this recipe of Dal Tadka.

I wanted to begin with something easy and simple. And this time, because maybe i had made a genuine effort, i was not disappointed. Nor was Mr.P. My maiden attempt in making dal had gone well. So well that i am brave enough to share the recipe with you all.
Prep Time: Under 20 mins
Cook Time: Under 30 mins
Serves 2

( I used whole masoor dal for this. But you can make this with toor dal too. This dal tastes yummy only with an elevated spice level. I tweaked the original recipe a little and i had a brilliant tasting pot of dal on my table. So just make this when you are just in the mood for that bowl of steaming hot rice, some ghee and a ladle of dal.)

What You Need?

Whole masoor dal or red lentils 1/4 c
Moong dal or yellow lentils 1/8 c
Green chili 1 slit lengthwise
Tomato 1 medium chopped finely
Onion 1 medium chopped finely
Garlic 3 cloves grated
Ginger grated 2 tsp
Hing a large pinch
Oil 2 tsp
Mustard seeds 1 tsp
Nigella seeds or onion seeds 1/2 tsp
Dry chili 1


Chopped coriander leaves 1 tbsp

How To Make It?

Pressure cook the dals together with the tomato, green chili, garlic,ginger and turmeric until soft and mushy. I cooked them for 5 whistles.
Once done,discard the green chili.
Heat a pan with oil.
Add cumin seeds and nigella seeds.
Once it crackles, add the hing and the dry red chili.
Now, add the chopped onions and saute them till pink.
Now, add the cooked dals and salt.
Combine well and simmer for about 3 to 4 mins.
Garnish with coriander leaves.

Serve hot with rice or phulkas.Sending this to MLLA 50 hosted by Susan this month


  1. says

    Dal looks perfect Anu…. Try the whole masoor dal recipe from the tarla dalal's dal book. It is a big hit in our house

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