DALthe staple food in most South Asian countries and an indispensable part of Indian cuisine. There are over 50 varieties of pulses known in India. Here are Dal Recipes ranging from simple dal tadka to rich dal makhani.

The standard way of cooking dal is by boiling it and thereafter tempering it. But if it was all that simple why would you be reading further? You are reading further because you know dal has more to it. Here I share 5 main course recipes of dal. Each one has it has own different way of preparation and needless to mention that each one has its unique taste and distinct flavors.

Collection of 5 Dal Recipes

Dal tadka

Simple lentil preparation which is ready in no time and without much efforts is dal tadka. Dal tadka is comfort food of most of the Indian housholds because as already mentioned it is easy and quick to make, doesn’t call for too many ingredients and can be served with some as simple as chapati and rice.

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Dal fry

A mix of lentils, tempered twice for making it absolutely delectable and appetizing! Pressure cooked dal is cooked with some onions and tomatoes and finally tempered with garlic, fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi) etc, giving nice flavours to dal fry.

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Rajasthani Dal Dhokli

This recipe from Rajasthani cuisine is one dal recipe to fall in love with! The dal is flavoured with curry leaves, tomatoes, lemon juice etc and dhokli, which are whole wheat dumplings, are flavoured with carom seeds and dal dhokli is finished with lemon juice and fresh coriander leaves making it absolutely delectable.

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This one shall top my daughter’s list. She loves dal makhani (which is mentioned below), but this one beats every dal makhani. It is super creamy, super rich, super tasty and super sinful (haha). The best part about Dal Recipes is that it is an independent recipe. It doesn’t even call for any tempering. Yet it is absolutely flavourful and delicious. I always tried this recipe from where this dal originated and ever since I learned about this dal and I obtained a time to try this dal in my recent trip to India.

For recipe link of dal bukhara click here.


Dhaba Style Dal Fry

This one has to top my list. I love dal fry. It is such a simple thing yet so delectable. A simple dal fry is enough to please me, and the dhaba style does more than just pleasing me. A special dhungar technique is used to add the dhaba flavour to an already scrumptious dal fry. We affection of food that they serve at a dhaba style for its simplicity and finger warming taste. This Dhaba Style Dal Fry Recipe is one of my sweetheart recipes for lentils.

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Whole Masoor Dal

Here comes the underdog of this category. Prepared using whole red lentil (sabut masoor dal), when served with steamed rice, can beat any other dal mentioned above and under. Being a whole dal it is high on dietary fiber and certainly very nutritive.

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Dal Makhani

Dal is a staple food in India and it won’t be wrong if I say dal makhani is a staple food at my place. Since it is so much relished by my daughter I love to make it often and every time I try using a new recipe to prepare it. After all her favorites should remain her favorites and not become monotonous. This is the classic recipe for dal makhani. I have so many of dal makhani recipes that soon I’ll have a post of 10 dal makhani recipes or so :).

For recipe link of dal makhani click here. Also on the blog are low cal dal makhani, no onion no garlic dal makhani.dal makhani


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Hi! I am CA Vini Mehta. A Chartered Accountant by profession, a food blogger by passion! First of all, I would like to thank you for stopping by at Viniscookbook, I hope you have a good time. Here, yo...u will find the recipes which have been tried, at times re-tried in my kitchen and relished on the dining table. I am mother of two kids and the wife of a person with a high and selective taste sense, so basically anything, before finding its place on the blog, has many levels to cross and clear. This journey started a couple of years back. Before that I was making the most usual kind of food. The only experiment used to be asking my mother how to make something new or different☺. Then, one day, I tried a recipe for butter cookies. And they did not get to go in the container as they were over before I could store them. That day I was introduced to the joy of experimenting with recipes. And I loved everything else that followed especially garnishing and photographing food. I am still not well versed with the photography dos and don’ts but I love to experiment and learn, be it photography or cooking. Hope you too enjoy this journey as much as I do☺! Stay healthy, stay tuned!.