Dal Tadka Fry - Simple Indian Dal

There are literally hundreds of varieties of dal as every household have their own version of making dal. Here Im 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.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Medium
Cook Time: 25 Minutes
Ready In: 25 Minutes
Servings: 3

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 173Calories from Fat 40

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 5 g7.7%

Saturated Fat 2 g10%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 152 mg6.33%

Total Carbohydrates 26 g8.7%

Dietary Fiber 7 g28%

Sugars 2 g

Protein 9 g18%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet