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Indian Dal Tadka

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The tadka dal is an essential part of the staple Indian diet. The answer to a healthy and wholesome diet, this lentil soup is best enjoyed with steaming hot rice.
  Arhar dal 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Onion 1 Small, chopped
  Tomato 1 Small, chopped
  Garlic cloves 2 , crushed
  Green chilies 2 , sliced
  Turmeric powder 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Cumin seeds 1 Tablespoon
  Ghee 2 Tablespoon
  Coriander leaves 1 Tablespoon
  Water 3 Cup (48 tbs)
  Mustard seeds 1 Tablespoon

1. In a pressure cooker, add washed dal along with 3-4 cups water, turmeric powder and salt. Let it cook till four whistles.
2. In a pan, heat ghee.
3. Once it melts, add cumin seeds, mustard seeds and garlic.
4. Reduce flame to low and give a swirl to the pan in order to let the ingredients mix.
5. Once the garlic starts browning, add onions and stir it well.
6. Once the onions start looking transparent, add tomatoes to it. Stir it well.
7. Add boiled dal and increase the flame to high to allow the dal to boil for a couple of minutes. Let it simmer for another 5 minutes till the dal looks done and starts giving aroma.
8. Pour the dal in a bowl and garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

9. Serve Indian Dal Tadka with steaming hot rice or roti.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Preparation Time: 
5 Minutes
Cook Time: 
20 Minutes
Ready In: 
25 Minutes
Indian Spicy Lentil Soup
No Indian meal is complete without this spicy lentil soup or dal tadka. It is a rich source of vegetable protein and you can serve it with rice or Indian flat breads. Often, I cherish a single bowl of lentil soup, by squeezing fresh lemon juice on top. Give it a try, you'll also love it.

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Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 394 Calories from Fat 118

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 14 g21%

Saturated Fat 6.6 g32.8%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 26.8 mg8.9%

Sodium 26.7 mg1.1%

Total Carbohydrates 54 g17.9%

Dietary Fiber 12.9 g51.8%

Sugars 3.4 g

Protein 18 g36.2%

Vitamin A 15.1% Vitamin C 43%

Calcium 18.3% Iron 44.1%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


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