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Dal Tadka

January 14, 2022
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Photo by FeastwithSafiya
  • Prep time 15 minutes
  • Cook time 15 minutes
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

Indian restaurant style Dal Tadka. This recipe has a great hearty flavors of lentils and ghee tempering along with Indian whole spices. Authentic yet easy recipe that tastes great!


What You'll Need
  • For Dal
  • 1/2 cup Split Pigeon Pea , (Arhar)Toor Dal
  • 1/4 cup Mung Lentils , Mung(Moong) Dal
  • 1/4 cup Red Lentils , Masoor ki Dal
  • 3 cups Water , more to wash and soak the lentils
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin-Coriander Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • Pinch of Garam Masala
  • A handful of chopped Cilantro
  • For Tempering
  • 2 tablespoons Ghee or Oil
  • 2 tablespoons diced Onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced Ginger
  • 1 teaspoon minced Garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds , Jeera
  • 1 teaspoon dried Fenugreek , Kasoori Methi
  • 1 diced Tomato
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kashmiri Red Chili Powder
  • few curry leaves, optional
  1. Combine split Pigeon peas (Arhahr dal), Mung dal-lentils, and Red lentils(Masoor dal). Rinse the lentils 2 to 3 times until the impurity clears. Soak lentils with enough water to cover for 15 minutes.
  2. Add soaked lentils, water, turmeric powder, cumin-coriander powder and salt to an InstantPot or a Pressure Cooker. Pressure cook in an Instant Pot on high setting for 15 minutes with natural steam release.
  3. For pressure cooker cooking, cook on high heat until 2 whistles. Turn the heat down to low and cook for 8-10 minutes. Natural Pressure release.
  4. Whisk dal with a whisk or use a hand blender(if needed) until smooth.
  5. Heat oil in a wok or a sauce pan on medium heat. Add cumin seeds. Once the oil starts to become cloudy around cumin seeds, add minced onions. Cook onions until slightly golden.
  6. Now add minced ginger and garlic, sauté for a few seconds. Add diced tomatoes, whole chilis, dried fenugreek, Kashmiri chili powder, and curry leaves. Cook on low-medium while stirring for about a minute or until tomatoes start to break apart.
  7. Add tadka to cooked Dal. If Dal is too thick add ½ cup of hot water to thin it down. Boil the Dal to reduce the liquid if needed. Garnish it with chopped cilantro and Garam Masala.
  8. Serve it with plain rice or roti.

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