Dal Tadka

Dal Tadka / Tempered Lentils
Dal Tadka / Tempered Lentils

Dal is an excellent source of protein. We always include dal in our diet twice or thrice a week. My mother prepares dal in the same way as north indians do. But she prepares dal tadka with tuvar dal (tuvaram paruppu). I saw this recipe in Tarla Dalal’s Cookbook where it is prepared with yellow moong dal and masoor dal. As this was new combination to me, i tried it and served with Aloo Paneer Kulcha. You can serve this dal with any indian bread or rice. But i like to have it with dipped kara boondi.

Dal Tadka / Tempered Lentils


Dal Tadka / Tempered Lentils

Ingredients :

  • 3/4 cup masoor dal (mysore paruppu / split red lentils)
  • 1/4 cup yellow moong dal (siru paruppu / split yellow gram)
  • 1 medium sized onion – finely chopped
  • 1 medium sized tomato – finely chopped
  • 2 green chilies – slit at the end
  • 3-4 dry red chilies
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 tsp grated garlic
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • asofoetida – a pinch
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp kalonji seeds (nigella seeds)
  • 5-8 curry leaves
  • 1 tbsp chopped coriander
 Dal Tadka / Tempered Lentils

Method :

  • Wash the dals and pressure cook with grated ginger, grated garlic, green chilies with 2-3 cup water for 3-4 whistles.
  • Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Open the lid and discard green chilies. Mash the dal till smooth and keep aside.
  • Heat 1 tbsp oil/ghee in a pan or kadai. Tamper mustard seeds, red chilies and nigella seeds. Add finely chopped onions and curry leaves. Fry for a minute.
  • Add chopped tomatoes and cook for 2 mins. Add mashed dal, turmeric powder, asofoetida and salt to taste. Stir everything well.
  • Add 1 cup water or more if needed. Cook it on low flame till it starts boiling. Garnish with chopped coriander and serve hot with rice or roti.


Dal Tadka / Tempered Lentils


Dal Tadka / Tempered Lentils

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  1. says

    Its our fav and I think for an Indian family, without a dhall dish, we cannot function. I see that you have combined two different types of dhal and this is something I have never done before. But certainly I learned that the combo is great because I can admiring the curry. Just simply divine.

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