Dhaba Dal Recipe – Dal recipe style from the Dhaba

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I like the kind of dal they make at the dhabas. This recipe of dal is a dhaba style dal. I came across this recipe in a recipe book. I have altered it a little by using 2 ingredients, namely cumin seeds and asfaoetida.

This dal recipe is made from tuvar dal – also known as arhar dal or yellow lentils and chana dal – also known as gram dal or spilt bengal gram. You can also use urad dal along with the other two dals. I did not have urad dal so I have not used it. Its an easy method. In the original recipe, though the dals were boiled in an open pan. I have used pressure cooker as it saves time and fuel.

This Dhaba dal goes well with roti, parathas, jeera rice or with steamed rice and and sliced onions.

If you are looking for more dal recipes then do check dal tadka, dal fry, chana dal fry, masoor dal and moong dal tadka.

Dhaba Dal Recipe Details Below:

Dhaba Dal Recipe
Dhaba Dal Recipe - Dal recipe style from the Dhaba
CUISINE: indian
INGREDIENTS (measuring cup used, 1 cup = 250 ml)
  • ½ cup arhar dal
  • ¼ cup chana dal
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 2 chopped tomatoes
  • 2-3 tsp chopped garlic/lahsun – add more if you like the taste of garlic
  • ¼ tsp garam masala powder
  • ½ tsp chilly powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder/haldi
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds/jeera
  • a pinch of asafoetida/hing
  • salt as per taste
  • 1 tbsp ghee or oil
  • 4 cups water for cooking the arhar dal
  1. Clean and wash the dals/lentils.
  2. You can also soak the dals in water for 30-45 minutes.
  3. Boil the dals with the garam masala powder, chilly powder, turmeric powder and salt in the pressure cooker till 1 whistle.
  4. In the meantime, in a shallow frying pan, take some oil/ghee.
  5. Add the cumin seeds. Once they fry add the asafoetida.
  6. Add the chopped onions. Fry them till they become transparent.
  7. Then add the chopped garlic.
  8. Once the garlic is sauted, then add the chopped tomatoes.
  9. Fry till the tomatoes become soft and mushy.
  10. Now open the cooker and transfer the contents of the pan to the dal.
  11. Check to see if the water content is right.
  12. If not, you can add more of hot water to the dal.
  13. Now you have the option of cooking the dal in the pressure cooker or cooking it openly. In the pressure cooker, the dal will get cooked in 2-3 whistles.
  14. If you cook it in the open, it will take 15-20 minutes.
  15. Serve the yellow dhaba style dal with jeera rice or rotis, parathas and sliced onions. This dhabe ki dal recipe is yummy.

{ 13 Responses }

  1. Sathya says

    Hi Dasanna
    I made this dal for lunch today! It was so delicious and every one loved it! Thanks a ton! You rock!

  2. Neena says

    Hi Dassana,

    Thanks for the recipe of Dhaba Dal.
    I have seen it on your site with Raajma included. You also had notes on how to take shortcut if raajma had not been soaked by using the microwave, before cooking all the dals together.
    Could you kindly forward me that recipe.

    Thanking you in advance,

    • says

      hi neena. i don’t have such a recipe of rajma cooked with dals or any note on using the microwave for rajma. in fact there was one in drafts, but due to the not so good pics, i have not posted the recipe.

  3. says

    Hello Dassana! I cooked this daal for lunch and dinner and it finished before dinner. It turned out that good! thank you:) You rock gurl!