How to Make Dal Tadka / Dal Fry - Recipe on FirstCry Parenting

Dal Tadka / Dal Fry

The Dal tadka is a regular affair at all our homes and is very easy to prepare. It tastes delicious with rotis and rice. Add a teaspoon of ghee to the dish for a distinct aroma and appetizing flavour. Dal tadka is versatile enough to be served with an array of Indian flat breads like roti, chapati, naan and rice as well.

Serves Preparation Time
Cooking Time
4 People
10-15 Minutes
20-25 Minutes


  • 1 cup arhar / tur dal
  • 1/4 cup yellow moong dal
  • 1 green chilli
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 dry red chillies
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds


Step 1

Wash arhar dal and moong dal and let them soak for at least 15 min

Step 2

Drain and boil the dal in a pressure cooker along with the split green chilli, turmeric powder, salt and about 2 cups of water.

Step 3

Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid.

Step 4

Mash the ingredients while hot.

Step 5

Temper mustard seeds, cumin seeds, curry leaves and broken red chillies in about 2 tbsp oil.

Step 6

Add onion to this and fry till the onions turn golden brown. Add the chopped tomatoes and saute for a few minutes.

Step 7

Add the dals to this and bring to boil.

Step 8

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.

Nutritional Information

Calories  144 K cal
Proteins 5.6 g
Fats 0.4 g
Carbohydrates 4.3 g
Cholesterol 8 mg
Sodium 246 mg
Potassium 14 mg


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