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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?

garlic dal

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.

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

4.67 from 6 votes
Quick and easy one pot method to make garlic dal recipe.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins

Cuisine Indian
Course: Main Course

Servings 5


  • 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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  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 🙂

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

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