Dal Tadka Recipe

Preparation Time : 10 mins Cooking Time : 15 - 20 mins Serves : 4

Dal Tadka is a mouth-watering popular dish served with roti, naan or rice, Very Tasty and Easy to make with simple ingredients, It is one of the most basic & simple dal recipes from Indian cuisine. One of a quick delicious protein-rich dal for rice or Rotis.


To pressure cook –

Tuvar Dal – 1/2 cup with 1.5 cups of water

Other ingredients –

Onion – 1 medium chopped

Tomato – 1 medium chopped

Green chilies – 2 no’s slit

Ginger – 1/2 inch crushed

Garlic – peeled and crushed 1 Tsp

Mustard – 1/2 Tsp

Cumin – 1/2 tsp

asafoetida – 1/4 tsp powdered

Chilly powder – 3/4 Tsp

Turmeric – 1/4 tsp

Garam masala powder – 1/4 tsp

Kasuri methi – 1/2 Tsp

Coriander – a small bunch chopped

salt to taste

Ghee/Oil for seasoning

For Tadka –

Ghee/ butter – 1 Tsp

Cumin – 1/4 tsp

Garlic – 3 or 4 pods peeled and crushed

Red chilies – 1 or 2 no’s








Rinse Dal, add 1.5 cups of water and 1 pinch of turmeric powder, close the lid of the pressure cooker pan, pressure cook it for 5 whistles on a medium flame.

Once the dal is cooked mash the dal with a masher/ spoon and keep ready.


Take a pan, heat oil or ghee/butter into it,  when it is hot add mustard, allow it to sizzle, then add cumin, fry it, now add chopped onions, fry until it turns to translucent, then add crushed ginger garlic and chopped green chilies, fry until you get a nice aroma.


Then add chopped tomatoes, fry until it turns soft.


Add turmeric, chilly powder, garam masala powder, and asafoetida, fry for few seconds, add little water about  2 or 3 tbs bring it to boil for 5 mins on a medium flame, then add mashed Dal mixture.


Add water if necessary, the consistency of the dal must be medium thick in consistency.


Stir, bring it to boil for 5 to 6 mins on a medium flame, finally add Kasuri methi crushed on your palms. stir,   boil it for few more secs then switch off the flame. Add chopped coriander, stir


Heat 1 tsp of ghee/ butter in a seasoning pan, when it is hot add 1/2 tsp of cumin, allow it to splutter, then add 4 to 5 peeled and crushed garlic and 2no’s of whole red chilies fry it.


Add it to the dal mixture. Serve Dal Tadka with Rotis/pulkas or cooked Basmati rice, jeera rice/ steamed rice.




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