dal tadka recipe, how to make home style dal tadka recipe

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dal tadka is a staple indian lentil preparation of soupy lentils tempered with spices. the recipe shared here is a home style version of dal tadka.

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dal tadka recipe with step by step photos – dal tadka is a staple indian lentil preparation of soupy lentils tempered with spices. the recipe shared here is a home style version of dal tadka.

dal tadka recipe

dal being a staple at home, gets tried in different varieties and avatars. what i am sharing in this post, is a version which has been made for decades and is still being made. a family recipe and one which i make often. a comforting and nourishing recipe of dal tadka, which i hope you enjoy as much as we do.

i make this dal tadka both with tuvar (arhar dal or pigeon pea lentils) and moong dal, but you can use a mix of these two dals or use them individually in the recipe. in the post, i have shared the dal recipe made with tuvar dal.

the arhar dal is cooked in the pressure cooker. but if you do not have a pressure cooker, then soak the dal for 1 to 2 hours. then strain and cook the lentils in a deep pot or pan with the other ingredients.

i have also shared the restaurant style dal tadka recipe where charcoal is used to smoke the dal. both the restaurant style dal tadka and this home style dal tadka taste different.

dal tadka is best served with some steamed basmati rice. you can also serve with chapatis.

if you are looking for more dal recipes then do check dal makhani, dal fry, moong dal tadkachana dal and sabut moong dal recipe.

dal tadka recipe
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dal tadka recipe

dal tadka is a staple indian lentil preparation of soupy lentils tempered with spices. the recipe shared here is a home style version of dal tadka.

course main course
cuisine north indian
prep time 15 minutes
cook time 15 minutes
total time 30 minutes
servings 3 to 4
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

main ingredients for dal tadka recipe

  • 190 grams arhar dal OR 1 cup arhar dal (tuvar dal or pigeon pea lentils)
  • 50 grams onions OR 1 medium onion thinly sliced OR ⅓ cup heaped sliced onions
  • 65 grams tomatoes OR 1 medium tomatoes OR ⅓ cup chopped tomatoes
  • 2 green chilies - sliced, slit or chopped (hari mirch)
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon red chilli powder (lal mirch powder)
  • a generous pinch of asafoetida (hing)
  • 2 cups water for pressure cooking
  • 1 cup water added later - add as required depending on the consistency you want
  • salt as required
  • 2 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves (dhania patta)

for tempering dal tadka

  • 2 tablespoon ghee or oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds (rai)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 4 to 5 medium garlic cloves - sliced or chopped or crushed lightly with their peels on (lahsun)
  • 1 sprig curry leaf OR 9 to 10 curry leaves (kadi patta)
  • 1 to 2 dry red chilies - broken and deseeded (sookhi lal mirch)

how to make recipe

pressure cooking dal for dal tadka recipe

  1. take 1 cup arhar dal (tuvar dal or pigeon pea lentils) in a bowl or colander.

  2. rinse a couple of times and add the rinsed dal in a pressure cooker.
  3. add sliced onions, chopped tomatoes, green chilies (sliced, slit or chopped), turmeric powder, red chilli powder and a generous pinch of asafoetida.
  4. pour 2 cups water. mix well.
  5. pressure cook the dal for 8 to 9 whistles or 14 to 15 minutes. when the pressure comes down on its own, in the cooker, check the dal. the lentils have to be cooked very well and become soft and mushy.
  6. with a spoon lightly mash the dal mixture.
  7. add 1 cup water to the dal. you can add water as required depending on the consistency you want. for a thicker dal, add less water and for a thin dal, add slightly more water.
  8. stir very well. season with salt as per taste.
  9. keep the dal on stove top and simmer for some minutes till you get the desired consistency. do stir the dal at intervals so that the dal does not get browned or burnt from the base. cover and keep aside.

tempering (tadka or chaunk) for dal tadka

  1. in a small pan or tadka pan, heat 2 tbsp ghee or oil. add 1 tsp mustard seeds.
  2. let the mustard seeds crackle. then add 1 tsp cumin seeds.
  3. saute the cumin seeds till they change color and splutter. this takes a few seconds.
  4. add 4 to 5 medium garlic cloves, crushed lightly with peels. you can also slice or chop the garlic. saute for half a minute.
  5. add 1 to 2 dry red chilies (broken and deseeded), 9 to 10 curry leaves. saute till the red chilies change color and the curry leaves become crisp.
  6. pour the entire tempering mixture in the dal. cover and allow the tempering flavors to infuse with the dal.
  7. lastly add chopped coriander leaves.
  8. stir and serve home style dal tadka with steamed rice or chapatis.

recipe notes

for cooking the dal (lentils) in a pot or pan:

  1. soak the lentils for about 1 to 2 hours. drain and rinse them well in water.
  2. in a deep pot, add 4 to 5 cups water added to the lentils. add the rest of the ingredients mentioned in the recipe. cover and cook the lentils.
  3. if the water begins to froth and bubble, then remove the lid or cover it partly and continue to cook the lentils till they become soft and creamy.
  4. if the water becomes less, then add some hot water. once the lentils are cooked (takes from 45 mins to an hour or sometimes more. depends on the quality of the lentils). then follow the dal tadka recipe further.

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step by step home style dal tadka recipe

1. take 1 cup arhar dal/tuvar dal/pigeon pea lentils in a bowl or colander.

dal for dal tadka recipe

2. rinse a couple of times and add the rinsed dal in a pressure cooker.

dal for dal tadka recipe

3. add ⅓ heaped cup sliced onions, ⅓ cup chopped tomatoes, 2 green chilies (sliced, slit or chopped).

onions for dal tadka recipe

4. add ½ tsp turmeric powder, ¼ to ½ tsp red chilli powder and a generous pinch of asafoetida.

spices for dal tadka recipe

5. pour 2 cups water. mix well.

water for dal tadka recipe

6. pressure cook the dal for 8 to 9 whistles or 14 to 15 minutes. when the pressure comes down on its own, in the cooker, open the lid and check the dal. the lentils have to be cooked very well and become soft and mushy.

making home style dal tadka recipe

7. with a spoon lightly mash the dal.

making home style dal tadka recipe

8. add 1 cup water to the dal. you can add water as required depending on the consistency you want. for a thicker dal, add less water and for a thin dal, add slightly more water.

making home style dal tadka recipe

9. stir very well.

making home style dal tadka recipe

10. season with salt as per taste.

making home style dal tadka recipe

11. keep the dal on stove top and simmer for some minutes till you get the desired consistency. do stir the dal at intervals so that the dal does not get browned or burnt from the base. cover and keep aside.

making home style dal tadka recipe

12. in a small pan or tadka pan, heat 2 tbsp ghee or oil. add 1 tsp mustard seeds.

making home style dal tadka recipe

13. let the mustard seeds crackle.

making home style dal tadka recipe

14. then add 1 tsp cumin seeds.

making home style dal tadka recipe

15. saute the cumin seeds till they change color and splutter. this takes a few seconds.

making home style dal tadka recipe

16. add 4 to 5 medium garlic cloves, crushed lightly with their peels on. you can also slice or chop the garlic. saute for half a minute.

making home style dal tadka recipe

17. add 1 to 2 dry red chilies (broken and deseeded).

making home style dal tadka recipe

18. add 9 to 10 curry leaves. saute till the red chilies change color and the curry leaves become crisp.

making home style dal tadka recipe

19. pour the entire tempering mixture in the dal. cover and allow the tempering flavors to infuse with the dal.

making home style dal tadka recipe

20. lastly add chopped coriander leaves.

making home style dal tadka recipe

21. stir and serve home style dal tadka with steamed rice or chapatis.

dal tadka homestyle

dassana amit
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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree surely enhanced my cooking & baking skills which i now share as fool proof recipes on the blog. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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  1. I’m could never make good Veg Food, but your blog has changed my cooking style!
    Excellent recipes and perfect dishes always!
    Thanks for the yummy dal procedure! My dal was a hit finally 🙂

    • Welcome Safia. Glad to know this.

  2. Hi.
    This takes perfect. I choose to make dal-fry as my first cooker recipe and was not disappointed 🙂

    Thanks!

    • pleased to know this tejas 🙂 thanks for positive feedback.

  3. Love this recipe! Have made it at least a dozen times. Every time I taste it, I am surprised with the result, and I can hardly believe I made it myself :-).

    • pleased to know this suzanne 🙂 thanks for positive views and glad you liked the dal tadka recipe.