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Lasooni dal recipe with step by step photos – an easy version of dal tadka with flavors of garlic in it. The lasooni dal is made from tuvar dal (arhar dal or pigeon pea lentils). If you prefer & are fond of garlic in your food, then you will like this dal recipe.

I often add lahsun/garlic and onions in the dals which I prepare, unless I make a no onion no garlic version. There is a quite an amount of garlic added in this recipe, both while cooking the lentils and when tempering.

Usually when I make garlic dal tadka, I don’t add any tangy ingredient like tomatoes or lemon juice. If you prefer a slight tang, then you can add some lemon juice, once the dal is made. If adding tomatoes, then just add them when pressure cooking the lentils.

There is also a quick and easy one pot version of Garlic dal recipe already posted, in which no tempering is done.

Serve the dal tadka with Phulka, Jeera rice or steamed Basmati rice. you can also serve an accompanying vegetable dish, Vegetable salad, Mango pickle and papad with it.

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lasooni dal

4.75 from 8 votes
Garlic dal tadka recipe - mildly spiced, tempered garlic flavored pigeon pea lentils (arhar dal).
lasooni dal tadka recipe, garlic dal tadka recipe
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:20 mins
Cook Time:5 mins
Total Time:25 mins
Course:main course
Servings (change the number to scale):4
(1 CUP = 250 ML)


For cooking the dal

  • ½ cup Arhar dal (pigeon pea lentils or tuhar dal)
  • 1.5 to 1.75 cups Water For pressure cooking the lentils
  • 1 to 1.5 tablespoons Garlic - finely chopped (lahsun)
  • ¼ cup Finely chopped onions (pyaaz)
  • 1 to 2 Green chillies - chopped or slit (hari mirch)
  • 1 pinch Asafoetida (hing)
  • ½ teaspoon Turmeric powder (haldi)
  • Salt as required

Tempering the lasooni dal

  • 1 teaspoon garlic - finely chopped (lahsun)
  • ½ teaspoon Cumin (jeera)
  • 1.5 to 2 tablespoons Ghee
  • ½ teaspoon Kashmiri red chilli powder
  • 1 pinch Asafoedita (hing)
  • ½ teaspoon Dry fenugreek leaves - crushed (kasuri methi)

For serving

  • ½ to 1 tablespoon Chopped coriander leaves - for garnish
  • ½ teaspoon Lemon juice Or as required - optional


cooking dal to make dal lasooni

  • Add rinsed tuvar/arhar dal, onions, garlic, green chillies, turmeric and asafoetida/hing in a 2 litre pressure cooker.
  • Add water. Pressure cook the lentils for 10 to 11 minutes or 8 to 9 whistles till you get a smooth mashable consistency in the dal.
  • Mash the dal with a spoon or wired whisk. 
  • If the dal become thick, you can add some hot water and make it medium consistency. You can also have a thick consistency of this dal, if you prefer. Season with salt. Stir and keep aside.

making dal lasooni

  • Heat ghee or oil in a small pan. Splutter the cumin first.
  • Then add garlic. Saute the garlic for some seconds. A light brown garlic is also fine.
  • Switch off the flame and add red chili powder, asafoetida (hing) and dry fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi). Stir.
  • Pour the entire tempering (tadka) in the lasooni dal. Stir.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and serve dal lasooni hot, with steamed basmati rice or a fragrant rice like ambe mohur. You can also serve the lasooni dal tadka with rotis and bread too.
  • You can also add some lemon juice to the dal toward the end, to give a slight tang to dal lasooni.
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How to make lasooni dal

1. Add rinsed tuvar dal (arhar dal), onions, garlic, green chillies, turmeric and asafoetida in a 2-litre pressure cooker.

2. Add water.

3. Pressure cook the lentils for 10 to 11 minutes or 8 to 9 whistles till you get a smooth mashable consistency in the dal.

4. Mash the dal with a spoon or wired whisk. If the dal becomes thick, you can add some hot water and make it medium consistency. You can also have a thick consistency of this dal if you prefer. Season with salt. Stir and keep aside.

Tempering the lasooni dal

5. Heat ghee or oil in a small pan. Splutter the cumin seeds first.

6. Then add garlic.

7. Saute the garlic for some seconds. Lightly browned garlic is also fine.

8. Switch off the flame and add red chilli powder, asafoetida (hing) and crushed dry fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi). Stir.

9. Pour the entire tempering or tadka in the lasooni dal. Stir.

10. Garnish with coriander leaves and Serve lasooni dal hot with steamed basmati rice or fragrant rice like ambe mohur. You can also serve this garlic dal tadka with roti and bread too. While serving you can drizzle some lemon juice.

lasooni dal tadka

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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43 comments/reviews

  1. A simple and tasty dal.loved the garlicky flavor.
    Is hing added twice? (as indicated in the method)…Once in the cooker and the other while tempering?..But not included in list of ingredients for cooking dal.4 stars

  2. Thank you so much Dassana! Such a simple but wholesome dal! Love the recipe!! I have tried many different recipes for ‘garlic dal tadka’. This turned out to be the best!!!

  3. Tried this last night for dinner. Turned out great. I didn’t add Kasturi Methi as I didn’t have it in stock. Just one observation: even though I added so much Garlic as mentioned in your recipe, I felt my dal lacked a garlicky taste that you would expect from a lahsuni dal. What could I have done wrongly?

    • did you use fresh garlic or the peeled garlic that is available in superstores. fresh garlic will give you a really good garlicky aroma. also the sensitivity to a particular taste and flavor, varies from person to person. for some even this much garlic would be too much. in any garlic based recipe, whenever you feel you are not getting the flavor as per your taste, then add more. in this recipe, some more garlic could have again be tempered in a bit of oil or ghee and added. hope this helps.

  4. Everyone at home loved this lasooni dal tadka.. Tastes just like what we get in restaurants.4 stars

  5. Ma’am all ur recipes are mind blowing and all ur recipes tastes delicious. Love ur blog and all ur recipes are easy to cook and more like time savers. Even though there are sanjeev kapoors recipe, tarla dalal recipe etc..but i still prefer ur blog cause all ur recipe require few ingredients and saves a lot of time. Thnk u ma’am.5 stars

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  7. Hi Dassana
    I am Reshmi….i like garlic n i did try your dish….and it came out just right…thank you so much dear for this recipe. Your recipes looks great. Gonna try more of your recipes 🙂

  8. HI,tried the recipe ..Was simply wonderful.Loved it!I am Deepa …live in Chennai.You efforts are commendable….Will try more and get back to you.Thanks again.5 stars

    • I made pizza base at home yday.I baked it at 190°for 20 min with the veggies ,cheese etc.All was fine but I felt the base needed to brown a little more…so I kept it on a hot tawa after the 20 min .Was perfect after that.Can I get the same browning in the oven without burning the topping?pl let me know what I should do…..

      • you can get the same browning in the oven too. for that you need a pizza stone or a baking stone. a baking tray also works well. but you have to heat it at a high temperature, from 200 to 230 degrees celsius. so one has to be careful when removing it from the oven. basically the pizza stone or tray is heated at a high temperature for 10 to 15 minutes. then the pizza is slid into the baking stone. but has to be done carefully. since the baking stone is already hot, the pizza base gets browned well. baking stone is very expensive. so i usually use a baking tray. but i do not make pizzas this way. sometimes i bake naans this way.

  9. Hi Dassana,
    I’m a Népali living abroad and miss récipes back home a lot. Your récipes are really simple , practical and easy to follow. Just one question regarding Daal, I don’t have a pressure cooker at my place so can I use a casserole instead? Also, can I sauté the ingredients ( onions, garlic) instead of mixing together in the daal at the beginning?

    Thanks a lot. will be following your site regularly.

    • yes you can use a casserole. just soak the dal for an hour. they cook faster when soaked. you can saute the ingredients separately. thanks and welcome bibek.

  10. Hi, just wondering if I can use another lentil what do you recommend? Or a combination of lentils?

  11. Awesome….!!
    I m thankful to ur site…ur presentation is so easy to follow….specially the pictorial representation…that make it understandable..!!

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    Thanks once again for all the efforts that you put in to post the step by step recipes.

    Regards5 stars

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