How to Make Dal Tadka Recipe

Do you know one of the most common recipes that do with every day staple meals of lunch and dinner as well as are a perfect combination for both steamed rice as well as rotis? Yes, we are talking about none other than dal tadka. Not only is dal one of the best protein sources for vegetarians but also one of the highly acclaimed dishes in the menu that can be cooked in diverse ways to break the monotony of the daily meals. For those who are really fond of different dal curries should be definitely aware about dal tadka. However, are you someone who desires to cook the dish just as the way famous hotels serve? Are you looking for the same taste, aroma and colour of dal tadka made by chefs?


If yes, then there is nothing better than using this food guide below. It has one of the top notch recipes for making dal tadka at home and in a healthy, nutritious and a hygienic way. Make sure you follow each step with ease to get the best outcomes and tasty dal that you will love to indulge in!

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Dal Tadka Preparation:

Ingredients Required:

  • Masoor Dal: 1 cup
  • Yellow Moong Dal: ¼ cup
  • Green Chillies: 2 split
  • Ginger: 1 teaspoon, grated
  • Garlic: 1 teaspoon, grated
  • Turmeric Powder: ½ teaspoon
  • Salt to taste
  • Ghee: 2 tablespoon
  • Mustard Seeds: ½ teaspoon
  • Nigella Seeds: ½ teaspoon
  • Kashmiri Red Chilli: whole, 1
  • Onions: Sliced, ¼ cup
  • Tomatoes: ¼ cup, chopped
  • Coriander Leaves: Fresh, chopped, 3 tablespoons
  • Butter: 1 tablespoon

Method How to Make Dal Tadka:

Clean the dals under running water and then soak them in clean water for about 30-40 minutes. The water should be drained after a while and then the dals should be put in the pressure cooker with green chillies, garlic, ginger, salt, turmeric powder and water. This should be given 2-3 whistles or until the dals are tender and mushy and properly cooked.

Let the steam escape before you actually open the lid and remove the split green chillies from the dal. Whisk the dal well to blend it properly and keep it aside.

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As for the tempering of the dal, you need to heat the ghee in a pan for 5-10 seconds. To this you need to add the mustard seeds as well as the nigella seeds. Once the mustard seeds crackle well, add on the chopped onions and the red chillies and sauté it from time to time till the onions changes its colour to translucent.

To this add the chopped tomatoes. This should be cooked till the time the mixture leaves the oil and the pulp is soft. This will take about 405 minutes of your time. Now add the whisked dals to the tempering. Let it cook till it comes to a boil.

Put the dal tadka in a serving bowl and top it with some chopped coriander leaves as well as butter before serving. It is a best combination when served with steamed basmati rice or else with rotis. This recipe can also be prepared once every day either for dinner or for lunch.

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1. Make sure the dal is well cooked. Semi cooked dals will affect the taste of the dish negatively.
2. Use fresh vegetables to cook the dish. This will enhance the taste as well as keep you healthy.
3. You can always leave out the butter at the end if you want a low calories dish.
4. Make sure the tempering mixture is cooked properly before you add the dals in it.

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