Dhaba Daal Fry Tadka Video Recipe by Bhavna - Indian Roadside Cafe Recipe

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Sep. 25, 2014

A recipe of a dal relished by all, especially while enjoying a hearty meal at the dhaba (roadside cafe). Now you can replicate it at home!


Oil 1 Tablespoon
Cinnamon To Taste
Cloves To Taste
Dry whole red chilies To Taste
Peppercorn To Taste
Cumin seeds To Taste
Lentils 1 Cup (16 tbs) (Any of your choice)
Onions 1 , finely chopped/pureed
Tomatoes 2 Large , finely chopped/pureed
Ginger garlic To Taste , minced or paste
Turmeric 1/4 Teaspoon
Red chili powder To Taste
Coriander cumin powder 1/2 Tablespoon (Dhaniya jeera)
Salt To Taste
Sugar To Taste (Optional)
Lemon slice 2
Green chili 2
For tempering
Oil 1
Ghee 1 Teaspoon (Clarified butter) (Optional)
Cumin seeds 1/2 Teaspoon
Mustard seeds 1 Teaspoon
Dried red chili/Green chili 2 (1
Asafoetida 1 Pinch
Turmeric powder 1 Pinch
Red chili powder 1 Pinch (Optional)
Curry leaves sprig To Taste (a few) (Optional)
Cilantro sprigs To Taste (for garnish)



Soak the lentils in water for a couple of hours.


Pressure cook the lentils (4-5 whistles)

In a kadhai add oil, to it add whole Cinnamon, cloves, Dry whole red chillis, pepper corn, and cumin seeds. When these sizzle add the onion puree.

Add ginger paste, garlic paste, turmeric, red chili powder, coriander cumin powder. Saute it well.

Add the tomatoes (puree or chopped). Cook for 2 min. Add the garam masala and salt. Close the pot and let it cook. Open and stir carefully as the mixture bubbles up.

Add a little sugar, then add the dal with the with the water it was coked in. Close the dal and let it cook.

To prepare the tempering, In a small bowl health the oil and ghee mixture well, nce it is ht add the ther tempering ingredients and let them sizzle (watch the video)

Top the dal with coriander leaves and pour the tadka on top.


Serve it hot with sliced onions, green chili, lemon slices. Best served with Tandori roti, naan or steamed rice.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Medium
Cook Time: 30 Minutes
Ready In: 30 Minutes
Servings: 6

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 180Calories from Fat 38

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 4 g6.2%

Saturated Fat %

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 210 mg8.75%

Total Carbohydrates 27 g9%

Dietary Fiber 12 g48%

Sugars 3 g

Protein 10 g20%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet