Dal Tadka

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Aug. 16, 2013

This delicious dish is mainly prepared of lentil and tempered with simple Indian spices. The style of preparing it varies from region to region but here is an easy and simple variation prefect for weekday meal.


Split red gram 1 Cup (16 tbs) (Toor dal)
Turmeric powder 1/4 Teaspoon
Asafoetida 1/6 Teaspoon
Vegetable oil 1 Teaspoon
Cayenne pepper powder 1/2 Teaspoon
Garam masala powder 1/4 Teaspoon
Water 3 Cup (48 tbs)
Salt To Taste
For tadka
Vegetable oil 2 Teaspoon (2
Mustard seeds 1 Teaspoon
Cumin seeds 1 Teaspoon
Chopped garlic 1 Teaspoon
Whole dry red chilies 2
Fresh curry leaves 15



1. Wash and soak toor dal in water for about 20 minutes.


2. Drain the dal and cook it with water, turmeric powder, and asafoetida. Let it cook for 25-30 minutes. Squash the lentils with your fingers to check whether the dal is cooked or not.

3. In another pan heat vegetable oil, pour the cooked dal and add salt to taste.

4. Add cayenne pepper powder, and garam masala powder. Stir well and cook until the water evaporates.

For the Tadka (Tempering) :

5. In a pan, heat vegetable oil. Add chopped garlic, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, dry red chilies and fresh curry leaves. Let the spices splutter.


6. Add the tadka to the dal and mix well.


7. Serve hot.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Medium
Cook Time: 45 Minutes
Ready In: 45 Minutes
Servings: 2

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 456Calories from Fat 93

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 11 g16.9%

Saturated Fat 1 g5%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 237 mg9.88%

Total Carbohydrates 70 g23.3%

Dietary Fiber 16 g64%

Sugars 1 g

Protein 24 g48%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet