Indian Dal Tadka

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Dec. 05, 2006

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: Easy
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Ready In: 20 Minutes
Servings: 3

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 394Calories from Fat 118

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 14 g21.5%

Saturated Fat 6 g30%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 26 mg1.08%

Total Carbohydrates 54 g18%

Dietary Fiber 12 g48%

Sugars 3 g

Protein 18 g36%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet