Dal Tadka | How to make Dal Tadka

By Affaf Ali  |  23rd Oct 2015  |  
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About Dal Tadka Recipe

Dal Tadka

Ingredients to make Dal Tadka

  • For the dal:
  • Moong dal - 1 cup
  • onion - 1 (small)
  • tomato - 2
  • garlic cloves - 8
  • coriander leaves - few
  • turmeric powder - 1/4th tsp
  • chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
  • For the Tadka:
  • mustard seeds - 1/4th tsp
  • cumin seeds - 1/4th tsp
  • Red dry chilli - 2
  • curry leaves - 2 sprigs
  • onion - 1 (cut in fine slices)
  • coriander leaves - for garnishing
  • lemon juice - 1/4th lemon

How to make Dal Tadka

  1. Soak the dal for 10 to 15 minutes. Take a cooker add the dal, to this add the finely cut tomatoes, garlic, onion and coriander leaves turmeric powder and chilli powder along with 2 to 3 cups water. Let it cook for 3 whistles.
  2. Once the cooker cools down, give the dal a single stir with ladle. Add salt and stir well.
  3. In a cooking pan, pour in some oil, once it's heated add in the mustard seeds. Let this crackle. To this add in cumin seeds, red chillies, curry leaves and fine cut onion slices.
  4. To get a nice even golden shade in the tadka, fry it on a medium to low flame.
  5. Meanwhile heat the dal to a required consistency and put it in a serving dish. Once the tadka is ready, pour it on the dal.
  6. Garnish with coriander leaves and few drops of lemon (optional).

My Tip:

The Tadka should be added to the dal just before serving.

Reviews for Dal Tadka (12)

debashri chatterji2 years ago

Yummy it is

Pranita Ghadge2 years ago

Nice recipe.
Affaf Ali
2 years ago
Thank you.

Luv Kushal2 years ago

Affaf Ali
2 years ago
Thank you..

Neha Dosi2 years ago

Affaf Ali
2 years ago
Thank you Neha.

minakshi paul3 years ago

Tomorrow am gonna try this receipe it looks easy....

tarun shukla3 years ago

I tried yesterday... tastes good!!!
Affaf Ali
2 years ago
Thanks much Tarun for the feedback. I am glad you liked it..

Kalyanisrinivas Kalyanisrinivas3 years ago

Thank you for it
Affaf Ali
2 years ago
You are welcome..

Deepali Malodiya3 years ago

thank u affaf......I just made this dal tadka & it turned out yummmmm & nice twist to regular dal.....thnx for sharing
Affaf Ali
2 years ago
My pleasure Deepali. I am glad you liked the recipe. Thank you for the wonderful feedback. :blush:

Shailly Namdeo4 years ago

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Pippa Bowmaker4 years ago

what is Moong Dal in English please

Namu Manandhar4 years ago

looks so good! will definitely try this tadka recipe :)

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