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Dal Fry Recipe

by Sonia on June 3, 2009

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This is very comforting dish. When I am not in mood to spend more time in my kitchen this Daal-fry comes to rescue me.:) This daal-fry goes very well with jeera rice or plain rice or roti. Actually, a long time back, my friend B shared me this recipe. She gave me a rough recipe while phone chit-chat. Since then, I become fan of it and can’t count how many times I have had made it. Many thanks to B. :) I am damn sure about the wonderful taste and hope you guys all would like it. You can add or omit any lentils/daal as per your choice. It tastes better on next day. Here, I am sharing her very simple recipe…

Dal-fry Recipe:


1/2 cup Tuver dal/ Pigeon Peas
1/4 cup Chana dal/split yellow chickpeas
1/4 cup Udad dal/split black lentils
1/4 cup Red lentils
1/4 cup Yellow Mung daal/split yellow lentils
1 big Onion – finally chopped
2 small Tomatoes – finally chopped
1 red or green chili + 3 garlic pods + 1 inch ginger, pounded in mortal
2 tsp Red chili powder – or as per taste
1 tsp Turmeric powder
1 tsp Coriander powder
1 tsp Garam Masala
Salt to taste
1 tbsp Lime juice
Handful of chopped Coriander leaves/ Cilantro

For tempering/ Tadka:
2 tsp Ghee (clarified butter)
1 tbsp Oil
A pinch of Asafoetida/Hing
1 tsp Jeera/cumin seeds
2 Bay leaves
1 Dry red chili

How to:

1. First wash all lentils/daal with warm water and pressure cook with 2 cups water about 2-3 whistles though hold their shape. Don’t over cook or will become mushy.

2. Heat oil+ghee in a pan, add cumin seeds. When cumin seed starts to splutter and turns light brown, add dry red chili, bay leaves and asafoetida/hing. Add into chopped onion and sprinkle some salt, sauté till golden brown about 4-5 mins.

3. Add chopped tomatoes and sauté it more about 3-4 mins on medium flame. Add ginger-garlic paste and all the spice powder. Sauté  it about 5 mins more. To this add cooked daal/lentils, salt to taste and 3 cups of warm water. Adjust consistency as per taste. Add little more water if needed but make sure that the daal-fry is thick and not runny. Cook it about 10 mins on slow heat. (Tips: For slow cooking, you can place an iron griddle under your pot it prevents from sticking the daal to the bottom and you can do your other chores freely.)

4. Switch off the flame and add lime juice. Cover with lid and let it sit for 5-7 mins. Garnish with coriander leaves. Serve hot with rice or roti and enjoy.

  • Wow thats very healthy and delicious dal..nice click

    • Welcome Parita to my space! Thank you. :)

  • SJ

    Wow!! You seem to have used all the dals in your pantry!!! Hey initially I thought I have some phorein girl- April writing a comment then I went to the blog and found out it was you!

    • Yes, for this daal…I use at least 5 types of lentils which makes delicious and healthy. Yeah…it was me (April)…I am foreign gal for you, because I live in other country…no? hehe:D

  • Oh wow…..dal fry looks vibrant and yum…..

    • Thanks Lubna. :)

  • the daal and the matar panner makes me water!!
    also the way u have decored the dishes..real enticing!!

    • Welcome Rush! Thank you. :)

  • Nice recipe with so many daals and comforting too.

    • Yeah…the mixture of diff lentils makes Daal-fry awesome. :) Thanks.

  • You telling me about Daal Fry?? Gal that is what I inherited after marrying a north Indian…any time when I run out of ideas for what to cook and turn to my husband and ask the answer is always Daal Fry or Khichdi…..sigh!! I have started to grow a secret discrimination in my heart for these two things….lol. Yeah I can vouch too that this daal fry is too good..my boys lick even the bowl…your pics are so good with all the settings…
    psst psst…did u get my mail?

    • Sakshi…yes, I got ur mail and replied as well. Thank you for your words here. Glad you become fan of it too. :)

  • craving for some new recipes!!

    • coming soon…coming soon dear Rush! :)

  • Is that rice in the background Sonu? Looks like a cake :)
    Daals are loaded with protein and are great for vegetarians like me.

    • Yes Anu…it’s rice. :) Yeah..this daal is full of protein and u should try it..no?
      Thanks for dropping by. :)

  • dal fry is a very healthy delicious receipe with lots of protins and vitamins, thanks for this blog.

    • Welcome Malini. Thanks for your words. :)

  • The recipe looks yummy. Will give it a try. It is amazing you can make Dal in so many different ways and with so many types of dals. Have your tried using french lentils (beluga lentils). Even after cooking for a while, they retain their shape. I tried it a few times and it comes out quite tasty.


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  • Very testy and healthy recipe. I make it soon.
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