Dal Tadka

Dal Tadka is one of the most popular dish across India. Dal tadka are cooked lentils which are lastly tempered with oil or ghee fried spices & herbs.


For Dal:-
  • 1 cup Arhar / Tuvar dal
  • 1 or 2 chopped green chilies
  • 1 medium sized chopped onion
  • 2 medium sized chopped tomato
  • ½ inch ginger, finely chopped or grated
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder / haldi
  • Pinch or two of garam masala powder
  • Pinch of asafoetida / hing
  • 2.5 cups water for pressure cooking
  • 1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
  • salt as required

For Tadka:-
  • 2 tbsp oil or 1.5 tbsp ghee or butter
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds/jeera
  • 5 to 6 garlic cloves/lahsun, finely chopped
  • 2 to 3 red chilies
  • a generous pinch of asafoetida/hing
  • ½ tsp red chili powder

For Garnish:-
  • 1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves/dhania patta


Rinse the lentils and put it into the pressure cooker. Add 2.5 cups of water.

Add chopped onions, tomato, green chilies, ginger in lentils.

Add turmeric powder and asafoetida. Mix well.

Pressure cook the lentils for about 5 to 6 whistles or more till they become soft and creamy. Mash the dal with a wired whisk or with a spoon and keep aside. if the dal looks thick, then add some water to get a medium consistency. simmer the dal for 3 to 4 minutes.

Once the desired consistency is reached, add garam masala powder, chopped coriander leaves and salt. switch off the fire.

Mix well so that everything combines uniformly. Check salt before you add the tadka.

Next heat oil or ghee or butter in a small pan. First add cumin seeds and crackle them, the cumin should get fried and not be raw but don't burn them.

Now add red chilies, asafoetida and chopped garlic. let the garlic brown and the red chilies change color.
Lastly red chili powder. Stir and switch off the stove. make sure to fry the tadka ingredients at a low flame, so that they don't burn.

Pour the entire tempering along with the oil/ghee into the dal.

Mix the dal or serve the dal tadka with the tempering on top it.

Garnish dal tadka with coriander leaves.

Serve dal tadka hot with steamed basmati rice, jeera rice or with rotis or phulkas.

Dal Tadka Dal Tadka Reviewed by Arup Seth on 07:24 Rating: 5

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