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by dassana amit updated October 20, 2013

garlic dal

garlic and dal…. my two favorite combinations…. i love garlic in dal… in fact i like the aroma of cooked or fried garlic in dals, rice and even on veggies.

i first found this recipe of garlic dal in femina magazine during my college days. i liked the photo and the presentation so much in the magazine that i asked my mom to make it and have been hooked on to it since then.

it was my hobby to collect recipes from different magazines, newspaper and try them at home. i still have some old cuts outs and handwritten notes still with me.


this one is a quick and easy recipe for making garlic dal…. you just need some spices and garlic… thats its… and all of them are cooked together with the dal… easy… isn’t it?

the garlic dal can be had as a soup with toasted bread. it can also be served with rice or chapatis.

if you are looking for more dal recipes then do check palak dal, dal fry, dal tadka, chana dal fry and dal makhani

garlic dal recipe details are below:

garlic dal recipe
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Recipe type: side
Cuisine: indian
  • 2 cups arhar dal/tuvar dal/split pigeon pea
  • 8-10 garlic cloves, peeled and slightly crushed
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds (optional)
  • 1 green chili, finely chopped
  • ¼ tsp red chili powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 pinch or 2 of asafoetida/hing
  • 2 tbsp ghee or oil
  • 6 cups water
  • salt to taste
  1. pick, clean and wash the dal.
  2. in a pressure cooker heat ghee or oil.
  3. add the mustard seeds and let them splutter.
  4. now add the cumin seeds and fry them.
  5. add slightly crushed garlic
  6. fry the garlic for a minute. we don’t need to brown it.
  7. add the dal and the chopped green chili.
  8. add the turmeric powder, red chili powder, asafoetida, salt and mix these with the dal.
  9. add water.
  10. close the lid of the pressure cooker and pressure cook for 7-10 minutes.
  11. if the dal appears a little watery then reduce it by cooking the dal in the pressure cooker without the lid.
  12. check the salt.
  13. garnish garlic dal with coriander leaves.
  14. serve the garlic dal hot.
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Serving size: 6

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Ray January 30, 2014 1

Had this for lunch. I have not had garlic cloves whole in a dal before. They are delicious! Dal and rice is my favourite comfort food. My wife despairs over the number of varieties od lentils in the cupboard! :) if I had a blog it would be about dals. ;)


dassana amit January 31, 2014 2

thanks ray. dal and rice is our comfort food too. do try the various dal recipes from the blog. i am sure you will like them.


Aaditya October 19, 2013 3

Thanks Dassana for the recipe.
Really like the daal with garlic…reminds me of my folks back home making it…really simple recipe….its on the stove right now…hope it comes out well :D…making this daal for the first time *fingers crossed*


dassana October 19, 2013 4

welcome aaditya. i hope it comes out great. if any doubt then u can always ask. as while learning anything new we all make mistakes.


V October 3, 2013 5

Thanks a lot for this kick ass recipe, my girlfriend made this and it was soooooo good!


Ashwini October 19, 2012 6

Hi Dassana,
I made this dal for lunch today and it was sooo tasty….easy to make and great flavors.Thanks.


dassana October 19, 2012 7

thanks ashwini and thats nice to know.


fahima June 27, 2012 8

yummmm… yummm…… says my 17 month old son. thanks dassana…


dassana June 27, 2012 9

so cute fahima. welcome dear.


sunita sil March 12, 2012 10

your ingredients are all kitchen friendly just name it and you have it. Simple yrt elegant. Keep going.


dassana March 12, 2012 11

thanks once again sunita.


Angie October 19, 2011 12

Why is there a garlic recipe here? Devotees don’t eat garlic or onions. Hare Krishna


dassana October 22, 2011 13

firstly, i am not a hare krishna devotee. secondly, this blog is about vegetarian recipes and not about hare krishna movement or any religious sects. if you don’t want to use garlic and onion don’t use them but let others have their own freedom to use them or not. why blame the poor and innocent garlic and onion who do not have any clue about one’s eating preferences…


Janet Saldanha February 13, 2012 14

Hi Dassana,

Garlic Dal was a super duper click… it came out so well i just cant imagine …. too good and too easy….

Thanks for the same ….


dassana February 13, 2012 15

thats nice to know janet.


Angie March 12, 2012 16

This recipe came up when I did a search for Hare Krishna recipes – therefore I assumed is was a Hare Krishna site. I am sorry I was mistaken and of course people are free to eat what they choose… I didn’t think I had stated otherwise!


dassana March 13, 2012 17

its alright angie. we all make mistakes. even i do.

i did not know that you were mistaken in this being a hare krishna site.

but let me tell you, i love the hare krishna people. been to most of the hare krishna temples in india. just loved the temples and the beautiful hare krishna people.


Heena Rangwani September 23, 2011 18

Hi Dassana,

I made the garlic dal and both my kids loved it. I had also made the cauliflower subzi but they prefer the one I make with amchur and dhania powder rather than the garam masala.



dassana September 23, 2011 19

thats nice to know heena.

i know children can be picky eaters, but your kids are so good. the cauliflower sabzi is strongly seasoned with ginger. may be that’s why they didn’t like it.

enjoy making the recipes for them which they like…..


myFudo September 4, 2011 20

Looks great. I too love the aroma when you preparing it and its thickness when it goes down the throat. Great pic, love your blog.


dassana September 4, 2011 21

thanks for the lovely comments…