Dal Tadka Recipe | Easy dal tadka recipe | Restaurant Style Dal Tadka Recipe

What is Dal Tadka Recipe?

Dal Tadka Recipe is a simple yellow lentil preparation where in boiled lentil is topped with a flavourful tempering. Dal is a staple food of India. It is prepared in every household for at least one meal during the day. It can be served with simple tawa chapatti, tandoori chapatti, lachchha parathas or jeera rice. There are many ways in which I prepare dal tadka; this is the simplest of all.

Let’s talk about the ingredients for dal tadka

Dal tadka recipe can be prepared with any yellow lentils or a mix of them. Arhar dal, lal masoor dal, chana dal, moong dal may be used to prepare dal tadka. I have cooked the dal using a pressure cooker. To add tanginess I have used dried. It gives a great kick to the dal. Keeping the tempering very basic I have just added cumin seeds, mustard seeds, curry leaves etc. To maximize the flavours of the tempering it is important that clarified butter is used. A hint of garam masala, in the end, adds the required heat. Comfort food = dal tadka + jeera rice + green chutney

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How To Make Dal Tadka Recipe

1. In a pressure add soaked ½ cup arhar dal. Add 1 and ½ cup water along with salt to taste, ¼ tsp turmeric powder and 2 small kokam pieces. Pressure cook on high flame till 1st whistle and thereafter cook on low flame for 10 minutes. Let the pressure release. Check; dal should be cooked i.e. soft.


2. Heat 2 tbsp ghee. Add ¼ tsp asafetida. Add ½ tsp mustard seeds and ½ tsp cumin seeds. Let them splutter. Switch off the flame add handful of curry leaves. Add 1 broken whole red chili. Add ½ tsp red chili powder.


3. Add the tempering on cooked dal. Mix.


4. Add chopped coriander, lemon juice and ½ tsp garam masala powder.


5. Serve dal tadka with jeera rice or steamed rice.


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