February 9, 2013

Toor Dal Tadka / Tadka Dal / Dal Tadka / Plain Dal for Rice or Roti / Tadka dal fry

              Oh there are days when you don't wanna spend too much time in the kitchen. You like to be in and out. Well, that case Tadka dal comes to my rescue. Its a super Healthy, Tasty, Easy dish to prepare. Goes well with your steamed rice or roti. Tadka means the tempering you do on cooked dal. It takes no time for preparation and the ingredients are always in your pantry. My family enjoys this dish with warm rice and some ghee on top - you can too.


Toor Dal - 1 cup.
Salt - as needed.

For Tempering:
Onion (Finely chopped) - 1/3 cup
Garlic (Smashed & chopped) - 1/3 cup
Green chillies - 4 no's
Curry leaves / Coriander leaves - 10 no's
Mustard seeds - 1 teaspoon
Dry red chilli - 2 no's
Cumin seeds - 1-1/2 teaspoons
Asafoetida / Hing - 1/2 teaspoon
Ghee - 1 tablespoon
Turmeric powder - one pinch

  • Wash Toor dal well. now add about 2 cups of water for 1 cup of dal in a cooker, with salt and cook for 3 whistles.(Sorry i forgot to take cooked dal picture)

  • Take a tawa, heat ghee,add mustard seeds(let it splatter), red chilli, cumin seeds.

  • Now add garlic - saute well. add chopped onions (cook till they are golden brown), add Turmeric powder, Asafoetida, Green chillies, Coriander leaves, salt and saute well.

  • Now add cooked Toor dal, mix well and heat for a minute.

  • Tadka Dal is ready to serve.


  1. This looks delicious comfort food.

    Divya, This is more close to dal fry as you are building dal curry over the seasoning.

  2. This is the only recipe that I make atleast thrice a week, a very tasty and comfortable preparation..Eases work too :) Good one!!

    1. Thank you divya, i do that too especially for my little one.

  3. i too make this dal often, looks perfect and delicious..

  4. my all time fav....frst time here..love ur collection..hapi to follow u..glad if u do d same!!


  5. Looks Delicious...Happy to follow you...:)


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