garlic dal | one pot lahsun ki dal

Garlic dal or lahsun dal recipe – 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?

This is an easy one pot method to make garlic dal. Good for occasions when you are short of time. In another variation, tempering is added to the garlic dal. I have shared that method in this Lasooni dal recipe.

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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.

Serve the garlic dal with phulka, jeera rice or steamed basmati rice. You can also serve an accompanying vegetable dish, salad, mango pickle and masala papad with it.


The garlic dal can also be had as a soup with toasted bread..

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Garlic Dal

4.5 from 2 votes
Quick and easy one pot method to make garlic dal recipe.
garlic dal recipe, lahsun ki dal recipe, easy garlic tuvar dal recipe
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:5 mins
Cook Time:15 mins
Total Time:20 mins
Course:main course
Servings (change the number to scale):5
(1 CUP = 250 ML)


  • 1 cup arhar dal (tuvar dal, split pigeon pea lentils)
  • 8 to 10 medium garlic cloves , peeled and slightly crushed
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds , optional
  • 1 green chilli finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 pinch of asafoetida (hing)
  • 2 tablespoons ghee or oil
  • 2.5 cups water, add water as required
  • salt as required


  • Pick, clean and wash the dal.
  • In a pressure cooker heat ghee or oil.
  • Add the mustard seeds and let them splutter.
  • Now add the cumin seeds and fry them.
  • Add slightly crushed garlic. Fry the garlic for a minute. We don't need to brown it.
  • Add the dal and the chopped green chili.
  • Add the turmeric powder, red chili powder, asafoetida, salt and mix these with the dal.
  • Add water. Close the lid of the pressure cooker and pressure cook for 7-10 minutes.
  • If the dal appears a little watery then reduce it by cooking the dal in the pressure cooker without the lid. Check the salt.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves.
  • Serve the garlic dal hot with roti, parathas or rice.
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Dassana Amit

Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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31 comments/reviews

  1. Hi,

    If you don’t have a pressure cooker, do you think this recipe will still work? And how long would you reccommend having the dal on the hob?

    Thank you 🙂

    • yes. soak the lentils for an hour. drain the water. follow the recipe and cook on a medium flame. you will need to add more water when cooking in a pan. cover and cook. it will take approx 45 minutes to 1 hour for the lentils to cook, depending on their quality.

  2. Awesome It’s easy to cook quickly. …..4 stars

    • thanks.

  3. I made garlic dal,my family loved it

    • thankyou so much nikita.

  4. Another excellent dal recipe. Dassana you have no idea how thankful I am for your blog.
    Thank you!!!!5 stars

    • welcome urszula. thanks for your kind words.

  5. Dassana, garlic with dhl is excellent chemical reaction which tingles the taste buds

    • thanks natraj

  6. 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. 😉

    • 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.

  7. 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*

    • 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.

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

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

    • thanks ashwini and thats nice to know.

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

    • so cute fahima. welcome dear.

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

    • thanks once again sunita.

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

    • 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…

      • 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 ….

        • thats nice to know janet.

      • 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!

        • 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.

  13. 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.


    • 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…..

  14. 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.

    • thanks for the lovely comments…