Dal Tadka (Yellow Dal) Recipe (with Step by Step Photos)
|1/2 cup Toor Dal (arhar dal)|
|1/4 cup Chana Dal (Bengal gram)|
|1/4 cup Masoor Dal (red lentils)|
|1 medium Onion, sliced|
|1 tablespoon crushed Ginger-Garlic|
|1 Green Chilli, finely chopped|
|1 Tomato, finely chopped|
|1/2 teaspoon Red Chilli Powder|
|1/4 teaspoon Turmeric Powder|
|2½ cups + 1 cup Water|
|2 teaspoons Ghee or Oil|
|2 tablespoons chopped Coriander Leaves, for garnishing|
|1/2 teaspoon Cumin Seeds|
|2 cloves of Garlic, chopped (optional)|
|1 Dry Red Chilli, broken into two pieces|
|A pinch of Asafoetida (hing)|
|2 teaspoons Ghee|
- Rinse toor dal, chana dal and masoor dal in water and add them into 3-5 liter capacity steel or aluminum pressure cooker. Add 2-cups water and salt and pressure cook for 4-whistles over medium flame. Turn off flame and allow the pressure to release naturally. Open the lid and keep the cooked dal aside.
- Heat 2-teaspoons ghee/oil in a pan. Add sliced onion and sauté until it turns light brown. Add crushed ginger-garlic and chopped green chilli and sauté for 30-40 seconds. Make sure, garlic does not turn dark brown.
- Add chopped tomato and sauté until it turns soft.
- Add and mix turmeric powder and red chilli powder.
- Add cooked dal and mix well.
- Add 1-cup water and stir to mix. Taste for the seasoning and add salt accordingly.
- Cook on medium flame until you get the desired consistency of dal or for approx. 5-6 minutes, stir multiple times in-between. Remove it from flame and transfer into a large serving bowl.
- Prepare the tempering by heating 2-teaspoons ghee in a small pan. Add cumin seeds and allow them to sizzle. Add chopped garlic, dry red chillies and asafoetida, mix well and allow garlic to turn light brown.
- Remove pan from flame and pour prepared tempering over cooked dal in a serving bowl. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve with steamed rice.
- Out of moong dal, chana dal, masoor dal and toovar dal, you can take any one dal or any combination of it in this recipe. However, make sure that their total quantity is 1 cup.
- Ghee is used for a nice flavor and this is what makes it so popular. However, you can also use butter or oil as its replacement.
- Soak dals in water for 30 minutes before pressure-cooking for faster cooking.
Response: Hello Ken, Indian style pressure cooker is used to boil the mixed dals (lentils) in this recipe. This style cooker has a whistle so the above given sentence is regarding that "when the whistle is completed 4-times". If you are not familiar with this type of pressure cooker, boil the mixed lentils until soft in a pot or an electric pressure cooker.
Response: Hi Janki, you can use same amount of any avilable dal instead of masoor dal or just skip it.
Response: Hi Jiya, 1 tablespoon (15 ml) = 3 teaspoons. For more details about measurement, follow this cooking measurement page.