Dal Tadka

Dal tadka is an easy and tasty side dish for roti, and a good accompaniment for rice. Usually when I prepare dal tadka, I use moong dal alone, as my Amma used to prepare that way. But when I have it in restaurants, I always get the flavor from 3 types of dal. I liked that, and I have tried one version of dal tadka with moong dal, toor dal and chana dal.Image

Dal Tadka

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Soaking Time : 30 mins | Cooking Time : 20 mins | Serves : 2

Recipe Category: Sidedish/Rice Accompaniments

Ingredients

Toor Dal – 1/2 cup

Chana Dal – 1/4 cup

Moong Dal – 1/3 cup

Onion -1 chopped finely

Tomato – 1 chopped roughly

Ginger and Garlic paste – 1 tsp (you can also use fresh minced ginger and garlic)

Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp

Coriander powder -1/2 tsp

Cumin powder – 1/4 tsp

Garam Masala – 1/2 tsp

Water – 3 cups

Salt – to taste

Oil – 1 tsp

To temper:

Ghee – 1 tsp

Jeera – 1 tsp

Red Chillies – 2

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Method:

  • Soak moong dal, toor dal and chana dal for 30 mins. I soaked them in warm water
  • Put a pressure cooker on the stove and add oil, and ginger garlic paste. Saute for 30 seconds. Add the onion and tomato and saute till raw smell goes. Add the garam masala, coriander powder, cumin powder and turmeric powder. Allow it to cook for  2 mins

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  • Add the soaked Lentils and mix well. Add required salt and 3 cups of water and cover the cooker. Switch off after 3 whistles

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  • Add ghee to the pan, add cumin seeds and red chillies, let it splutter. Once steam releases, open the cooker lid and add the tadka to the cooked lentils. Dal tadka is ready to be served

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39 thoughts on “Dal Tadka

  1. Eddie Two Hawks June 24, 2014 at 1:42 PM Reply

    looks and sounds so yummy! do you have any left overs?

  2. gargi181209 June 24, 2014 at 10:16 AM Reply

    Delicious and comfort food…..!!!

  3. Bikramjit June 24, 2014 at 8:07 AM Reply

    My favourite DALlllllllllllll 🙂 yummmyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

  4. tableofcolors June 24, 2014 at 4:56 AM Reply

    Looks delicious…I wonder if I would be able to find all of the ingredients here…perhaps in a speciality shop in Helsinki. Thanks for sharing.

    • Traditionally Modern Food June 24, 2014 at 11:10 AM Reply

      Thanks Laila:) you can find all these ingredients in any Indian store. Let me know if you try

  5. lapetitepaniere June 24, 2014 at 12:52 AM Reply

    It looks so tempting and I love Dal 🙂

  6. Sugar and Cinnamon June 23, 2014 at 7:52 PM Reply

    Dal is one of my ultimate comfort dishes! This looks great 🙂

  7. mmmarzipan June 23, 2014 at 5:08 PM Reply

    That looks amazing!

  8. simplyvegetarian777 June 23, 2014 at 5:04 PM Reply

    Nothing to beat a good dal tadka with rice. Yours is so inviting with that ghee on top ;).

  9. Malar June 23, 2014 at 11:50 AM Reply

    Yummy Yummy 🙂

  10. Shruti June 23, 2014 at 7:15 AM Reply

    Very comforting lentil preparation! And that works great for a protein-lover like me ♥

  11. Asmithaaa June 23, 2014 at 6:17 AM Reply

    On tired day , this is easy to prepare yet if prepared well gonna turn normal dinner to feast to a hungry stomach!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Namrata June 23, 2014 at 5:39 AM Reply

    I turn to this on low days.. perfect comfort food.

  13. cafegarima June 23, 2014 at 5:17 AM Reply

    Simple food- soul soother… 🙂

  14. Chitra Jagadish June 23, 2014 at 4:10 AM Reply

    Dal tadka n rice super combination Vidya. …This will be done for dinner 2 day hubbyz favourite….thanx for the recipe n solving my dinner menu….

  15. Jayeeta June 23, 2014 at 2:41 AM Reply

    Yummy 🙂

  16. ela hester June 23, 2014 at 12:16 AM Reply

    Well spiced and delicious! I love lentil dishes and always look for new ways to cook them.

    ela h.

  17. Love, Life & Whatever June 23, 2014 at 12:06 AM Reply

    Looks so sumptuous…

  18. Charanya June 22, 2014 at 11:46 PM Reply

    Yum 🙂

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