Category Archives: Dal and kadhi.

Dal Fry


Dal Fry or Dal Tadka is a very popular dish and can be prepared in many different ways with many different dals (lentils). I always loved Dal fry in Punjabi restaurants. The aroma of Ghee tadka with Cumin seeds , Asafoetida, whole Red chilies and Turmeric feels simply terrific. Usually I prepare this dal a little thick with different textures of lentils. Combination of Zeera rice and dal fry tastes absolutely delicious, but you can also have this dal with plain Paratha or Naan.


For Dal-

3/4 Cup Toor dal.

3/4 Cup Chana dal.

Pinch of Hing (asafoetida).

Pinch of Turmeric.

1 tablespoon Ghee or oil. (Ghee tastes better)

One small Onion. ( finely chopped)

One small Tomato ( chopped)

3-4 Green chilies ( finely chopped)

3 pods of Garlic ( mashed or grated)

1/2 teaspoon Ginger ( mashed or grated)

1 teaspoon of Red Chili powder.

1/2 teaspoon of Amchoor powder.

1/2 teaspoon Cumin powder.

1 teaspoon Garam Masala or kitchen king.

1/4 teaspoon Sugar.


1 teaspoon Lemon juice ( optional )


For Tadka

1 tablespoon Ghee.

1/2 teaspoon Cumin seeds.

1/4 teaspoon Mustard seeds ( optional).

2 -3 dry Red chilies.(whole)

Pinch of Hing ( asafoetida).

Pinch of Turmeric.


Wash Toor daal , add water, hing and tumeric. Presuure -cook with 3- 4 whistles ( or according to your cooker).

Wash Chana dal and soak in double amount of water for 30 minutes. Cook Chana daal seperatly in microwave for 7- 8 mins or till the dal is cooked with little texture ( should not be completely soft and meshed).

Heat ghee in a frying pan and add Onion , Green chillies, Ginger and Garlic. Saute slightly till the onions are transparent or pinkish brown in color.

Add chopped Tomato and saute lightly. Add all the dry spices except Garam masala, saute for a minute.

Pour cooked Toor dal, Chana dal add salt and sugar ,add little water ( around 3/4 cup ) mix thoroughly ,cover it and boil it till dal gets thick. Add garam masala powder.

Heat Ghee , add cumin seeds, asafoetida and red chilies at last last add turmeric, pour the entire contents into the dal and add lemon juice at last. Mix thoroughly garnish with chopped coriander and cover it to maintain the aroma.

Serve with zeera rice , have some cut onions and lemon on side and enjoy the delicious dal.

Dal Fry

* You can also try yellow moong dal for varaity.



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