Homestyle Dal Tadka Recipe,how to make simple dal tadka

Priya Joshi | Jun 7, 2016 | 1 Comment so far

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 Simple Dal tadka Recipe with pictures 

Home-style dal tadka is simple dal tadka recipe which is very easy to make. I gave this recipe name as "home-style dal tadka" because this is some what different recipe. This is not typical restaurant style Dal-tadka recipe.
Dal tadka is one the most favorite Indian recipe serve in restaurants. Dal tadka is nothing but cooked lentil stew which is tempered at last with ghee and fried spices.Dal and chawal is my all time favorite combo and so that i always keep my self ready to try something new.

As i said, this is not typical recipe. I have used toor dal / pigeon peas and moong dal only.Dal is a staple in indian food. india has so many varieties of dal recipes. each region, each state having their own delicious recipes.
I have used garlic chutney here to prepare my spicy tadka. you can use red chili powder as well.
You can also make the dal ready and keep in the fridge. before serving heat the dal and then just temper it. serve immediately. the tempering adds a lot of flavor and aroma to the dal.


The plain cooked creamy yellow dal gets paired beautifully with steamed rice or jeera rice.I have added tomatoes to the dal tadka but you can skip adding tomatoes. for tempering you can add ghee instead of oil. I have used sunflower oil. the dal tadka can be served with rotis and chapatis and steamed basmati rice or jeera rice.


Few other Dal varieties you would like to check:-  Langarwali dal ,Cholar dal , Moth dal, Dal banjari ,garlic dal, dal dhokli,Gujarati dal

Recipe Details for making Dal tadka below:

  Dal tadka Recipe-how to make simple dal tadka

Prep Time :15 min
Cook Time :20 min
Total Time :35 min
Serves : 2- 3
Cuisine : North Indian

  • 1 cup Pigeon peas split/Arhar Dal/ Toor Dal
  • 1/2 cup Moong dal yellow spilt
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 1 tbsp Oil for tempering
  • 1 medium green chili,chopped
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 medium tomato,chopped
  • 2 cup water
  • fresh coriander,for garnishing
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic chutney
  • a pinch of asafoetida/hing
Equipment needs:

  1. Wash both dals in running water and transfer them in pressure cooker.
  2. Add 2 cups water in pressure cooker and pressure cook dal on medium flame for 15 min OR 4 whistles.
  3. Heat 2 tbsp oil in pan.
  4. Add cumins. when they crackle add asafoetida,tomato,green chili and ginger paste.
  5. Add boiled dal and mix well.
  6. Add salt,turmeric powder and boil dal on low flame for 7-8 min.
  7. Keep aside the boiled mixture.
  8. Heat Tadka pan.
  9. Add 1 tbsp oil in tadka pan and when oil is hot enough,Add garlic chutney and cumins(cumins are optional).mix well.
  10. Turn off the flame.
  11. Gentely pour this tadka on dal.
  12. Sprinkle some coriander and serve hot.

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  1. Wow one of my fav dish dal tadka, yumm...such a lovely share dear Priya :)


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