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Dal Tadka Fry - Simple Indian Dal

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There are literally hundreds of varieties of dal as every household have their own version of making dal. Here I’m making Tadka Dal much in North Indian Style. So the recipe goes like this.
  Toor dal 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs), soaked in water for 1 hour, drained well
  Chana dal 2 Tablespoon, soaked in water for 1 hour, drained well
  Onion 2 Tablespoon, chopped
  Tomato 1⁄2 Medium, chopped
  Minced ginger 1 Teaspoon
  Green chilies 2 Small, finely chopped
  Salt To Taste
  Turmeric powder 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Asafoetida 1 Pinch
For the tadka
  Ghee 2 Teaspoon
  Mustard seeds 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Cumin seeds 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Dry red chilies 3 Small
  Minced garlic cloves 1 Clove (5 gm)
  Cilantro 2 Tablespoon, finely chopped
  Lemon juice To Taste
  Kasoori methi 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Garam masala powder 1 Pinch
  Red chili powder 1⁄4 Teaspoon

1. In the pressure cooker add the soaked dal, onion, tomato, 1 Cup of water, ginger, green chilies, asafoetida and salt.
2. Mix all the ingredients and pressure cook till you hear 3 whistles or until the dal is fully cooked and soft.
3. Turn off the heat and allow the steam to settle, open the lid and mash the dal using the back of a spoon.

For the tadka
4. Preheat the pan with ghee and once hot add the mustard seeds, allow it to pop and then add the cumin seeds, red chili whole and garlic, sauté everything until garlic turns brown.
5. Add the red chili powder and garam masala powder and sauté for 5 seconds. Immediately add the cooked dal to the tadka, followed by kasoori methi and salt.
6. On low heat simmer for 10 minutes, add water if needed and then finally add the lemon juice and cilantro.

7. Serve with rice or roti.

Things You Will Need
Pressure cooker

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Side Dish
Preparation Time: 
80 Minutes
Cook Time: 
25 Minutes
Ready In: 
105 Minutes

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 173 Calories from Fat 40

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 5 g7%

Saturated Fat 2.2 g11.1%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 8.9 mg3%

Sodium 152.6 mg6.4%

Total Carbohydrates 26 g8.6%

Dietary Fiber 7.6 g30.3%

Sugars 2.6 g

Protein 9 g17.6%

Vitamin A 24.1% Vitamin C 26.6%

Calcium 6.7% Iron 16.7%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

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