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Dal Tadka

Dal Tadka

Dal tadka is a popular side item of Punjabi cuisine. Mouth watering in taste this item takes minutes to cook and is nutritious and appetising. Made of red and yellow lentils this item is appreciated by connoisseurs and chefs of popular Indian restaurants of Melbourne. The dal has a rustic flavour and is eaten with roti, naan, lachcha and jeera rice.

Let's learn the method of cooking Dal Tadka:

  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 25 minutes
  • Servings: 4


  • Masoor dal - 1 cup
  • (red lentil)
  • Yellow mung dal - 1/4 cup
  • (split yellow gram)
  • sliced onion - 1/4 cup
  • chopped tomato - 1/4 cup
  • ginger garlic paste - 2 tsp
  • nigella seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  • kashmiri red chilli - 1
  • ghee - 2 tbsp
  • salt - to taste


  • Soak cleaned and washed dals in water for 20 minutes.
  • Pressure cook lentils in 2 cups water along with green chillies, ginger garlic paste and turmeric powder for 3 whistles. Mash the mixture lightly.
  • In a heated pan, take 1tbsp ghee.
  • Add onions, ginger garlic paste, turmeric and salt.
  • Cook till onions turn golden brown.
  • Add tomatoes plus chopped coriander and saute for few minutes.
  • In this pan, add the mixture of dal from the cooker.
  • Add 1 cup water and cook on slow flame for few minutes till the dal becomes thick.
  • Switch off the stove and pour the dal in a bowl.
  • In a small heated pan, take ghee.
  • Add cumin seeds, mustard seeds, hing, red chilli and saute for few seconds.
  • Pour this over the dal.
  • Serve hot with naan, roti, jeera rice or lachcha paratha.

This very easy to cook recipe is super rich in taste and has a rustic aroma. You will find it in all north Indian restaurants of Melbourne. Cooking this for friends and family would be a delicious treat. So, cook and enjoy!!

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