Dal Fry

Preparation Time : 15 min Cooking Time : 10 mins Serves : 4

Dal fry is a popular and delicious Indian side dish to serve with rice or rotis. Dal fry is usually prepared with yellow lentils or pigeon lentil. You can also use moong dal or masoor dal to make this recipe. Dal Fry is made by adding boiled and mashed Dal to a gravy made of Onion, Tomato and Indian spices fried in ghee or oil, Creamy, rich and smooth, Dal Fry is the perfect accompaniment for rice or rotis.


To cook –

Tuvar Dal – 1/2 cup

Water – 1.5 cup

For seasoning –

Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp

Cumin – 1/4 tsp

Green chilies – 1 or 2 slit lengthy

Dry chilies – 2 no’s broken

Curry leaves – 1 spring

Asafoetida – 1 pinch powdered

Ginger garlic paste – 1 to 1 1/2 Tsp

Onion – 1 medium chopped finely

Tomato – 1 medium sized finely chopped

Chilly powder – 3/4 tsp adjust to your taste

Turmeric – 1/4 tsp

Garam masala powder – 1/4 to 1/2 Tsp

Kasuri methi – 1/2 Tsp

Coriander – 1 small bunch chopped

Ghee/ oil or butter

Salt to taste







Rinse lentils in water, add the lentils in a pressure cooker with a pinch of turmeric powder and 1 1/2 cup of water, close the lid and pressure cook for 5 to 6 whistles on a medium flame.


Once the dal is cooked whisk it with a spoon or wired whisk and keep ready.


In a pan add ghee or oil or butter (of your choice) when it is hot add mustard allow it to sizzle, then add cumin fry it, add a pinch of asafoetida, curry leaves, and  broken dry chiles fry until curry leaves begin to splutter (take care not to burn or over fry any ingredients as it spoils the taste of the dish) then add ginger garlic paste freshly crushed or paste, fry it for a while


Add onion fry until it turns translucent, then add tomatoes fry until it becomes soft,


Now add chilly powder, turmeric powder, stir fry for a while


Add 1/2 cup of water, bring it to boil for few secs.


Add cooked dal, stir, bring it to boil. add slit green chilies and salt. Add water if needed. The consistency of the Dal must not thin and usually has a medium to thick consistency.

When it begins to boil add garam masala powder, boil for 4 to 5 mins until you get a smooth and silky consistency. Finally, add crushed Kasuri methi, stir, simmer dal for 2 min on a low flame. Turn off the flame. Add chopped coriander, stir cover a lid.


serve Dal Fry hot with Rotis, Parata, Jeera rice or plainly steamed basmati rice accompanied with onion tomato raita and papad. You can serve some more freshly chopped coriander with freshly squeezed lemon juice (optional).

Note –

You can add 1/4 cup of tur Dal with 1/4 cup of Moong dal to prepare this recipe.

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