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Tadka Dal Recipe

by Sonia on April 8, 2010

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I’m happy that my hubby has slowly developed his taste for all types of lentils and legumes. :) He used to say me that he was not a big fan of dal, kadhi or any lentils before. So, he meant he has survived all these years on few (choice) vegetables and fast foods. ;)

At my parent’s home, it’s customary that we all children would eat all vegetables, lentils and legumes without any complaint. Moreover, we never have had given any royal treatment when it comes to food. I meant we must have to eat what is being served in our plate. My father never had let my mother to cook any special or extra dish to spoil their children. My father simply says, if don’t want to eat,  just go. But make sure you won’t be pampered or forced to eat the food. My father has been very strict about it. Even though my mother used to hate eggplants but later, she started to eat eggplants for my little bro’s sake! :) You see, your children are very smart! They follows and observes their parents very well! If you are fussy about any particular veges or anything, your children would start to annoy too.

Today, I’m gratitude to my parents that they have taught me the importance of our food. I love and respect almost 99.99% everything when it comes to food. :)

Now, come to recipe part. Few weeks ago, I was craving for spicy Tadka-Dal. I didn’t have any clue about how to prepare. So, I googled some recipes. Actually, I didn’t follow any recipe closely but made it on general idea and ingredients. Boy, it turned out so delicious and we both loved it. It’s so quick and easy to prepare. I’m glad that I discovered one more recipe which will going to be frequent.

Here is a quick method. Feel free to add/omit any lentils of your choice.

Update on 10/04/2010: I’m sending my entry to event of ‘Delicious Dals’, hosted by Suma from Veggie Platter. Thank you Suma for hosting this wonderful event!

Tadka Dal Recipe
Serves: 3-4
  • ½ C Tuver Dal/ Yellow Pigeon pea
  • ¼ C Yellow Mung Dal (split)
  • ¼ C Masoor Dal/Red Lentils
  • 2 small green chillies + 2-3 garlic pods + 1" Ginger ~ lightly pounded
  • 1 big Tomato - chopped
  • ½ tsp Turmeric pwd
  • 1.5 tsp Red chili pwd (or to taste)
  • 1 tsp Coriander pwd
  • ½ tsp Garam masala pwd
  • 1 tsp Oil + 1 tsp Ghee
  • Salt to taste
  • For Tadka/seasoning:
  • 1 tsp Oil + 1 tbsp Ghee
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds/Jeera
  • A pinch of hing/Asafoetida
  • 1 small Onion - finely chopped
  • For garnish:
  • 2 tbsp Lemon juice
  • Chopped Coriander leaves
  1. Combine the tuver dal + yellow mung dal and wash 2-3 times using warm-hot water. Soak in 3 cups of hot water for 20-30 mins. The masoor dal/red lentils tends to be soften very fast so you don't need to soak in hot water. Just wash it separately and keep it aside until needed. When you're ready to pressure cook, mix with other dals.
  2. Heat 1 tsp oil + 1 tsp ghee in your pressure cooker pan. Sauté the ginger-garlic-green chilli paste first. Now, add the chopped tomato. To this, add all the dals with 2-3 cups of hot water. It really depends on your pressure cooker size. Cook it about 2-3 whistles. Your dals should be cooked soft but not very mushy. Let it cool a bit.
  3. Open your pressure cooker and cook the dals on slow heat. Add all the spice powders and salt. Stir it in between. Let it cook for 10-12 mins and your dal will be thicken. If you feel, add more water and adjust the consistency. Remove from the heat. Add the lemon juice and cover with lid.
  4. Meanwhile, prepare your tadka. Heat oil + ghee in a small pan. Add the cumin seeds/jeera, let it crackle till golden brown, sprinkle hing and add chopped onion. Sprinkle little salt to it and sauté it on slow-medium heat till the onion become translucent. Remove from the heat. Pour the tadka on cooked dal when you’re ready to serve. Garnish with coriander leaves. Enjoy!

  • All time comfort sidedish…looks yum! ice clicks as usual
    .-= Sharmilee´s last blog ..Methi Thepla/Roti =-.

  • Sonia, the humble dal looks magnificient the way you have made and presented.

    I do the same with my kids. They have to eat everything we cook and they do and acutlly enjoy most of the dishes. I look at it as skills needed to eat healthy.
    .-= indosungod´s last blog ..Nimona (sort of) – Fresh peas in a spicy sauce =-.

  • this looks so delicious,,,you can send this for mlla hosted by ruchika this month…

  • ohh such delicious and mouth watering clicks..yummy dal tadka great with steaming jeera rice
    .-= Deepa G Joshi´s last blog ..Today’s guest blogger is Ruchika… =-.

  • Jagruti

    Tarka daal is my family fav. looks delicious and great click too!

  • Great Recipe! I used the recipe last night, we had guest over and the dish was sepctacular! I will be back for sure!

  • Wow, one of my fav. I am craving for this now even though I cooked it recently. Lovely clicks Sonia !!
    .-= Sashi´s last blog ..Strawberry Muffins =-.

  • Cham

    Gorgeous pic as usual, Dhal is my fav- my DH is fussy guy towards Beans :( Great with some ghee :)

  • The dhal looks amazing. Your photos make my mouth water.

  • my fave, with roti :)

  • PJ

    oh wow, Sonia, daal tarka looks so delicious. Pass me the plate with rotis and this tarka and i”ll be satiated for a long long time :D great click too.. loved the touch of adding cilantro to the photo.
    .-= PJ´s last blog ..Apple crisp for two! =-.

  • Suma Gandlur

    We love this dal too. Sometimes I just use toordal and sometimes masoor. Lovely pic.
    Yes, you can send this to Delicious dals event.

  • Comforting dal! I love to have dals along with warm Phulkas.

  • Photo itself looks alluring, soon i have to travel to Melbourne and have areal taste of this..As usual awesome stuff sonia..
    .-= Prem´s last blog ..PenTBox: Pen test tool =-.

  • really like the mix of the dals here. My hubby would nothing but tuver dal, but over the years he has changed, thank god and appreciates the others in the legume family too :D
    .-= Soma´s last blog ..Spinach with Fried Garlic and Caramelized Onions =-.

  • Sonia

    Sharmilee: Thanks.

    indosungod:Welcome here! Thank you for your kind words. hmm…you’re smart mom and know exactly how to deal with kids. :)

    asankhana: Thank you dear. I did go throu Ruchika’s blog but it’s event of legumes. So, my entry will not be eligible. Many thanks though. :)

    Deepa: me too! I love it with jeera-rice.

    Jessica: Thank you informing me back. it’s fast. :)

    Shashi: Thank you! :)

    Cham: Thanks. yeah..Ghee adds nice aroma and taste to this dal. :)

    Srimathi: Thanks. :)

    Nags: yeah mine too. :)

    PJ: Thanks dear. You should pack your bag now and fly to Australia. :D

    Suma: Thanks. I have sent my entry to you.

    Soma: hmm..that’s good abt ur hubby. But, who can say “no” to your dish..no matter it’s legume or anything. :)

  • Sonia,
    We love this dal too. Sometimes I just use toordal and sometimes masoor. Lovely pic.
    Yes, you can send this to Delicious dals event.

    • Sonia

      Thanks Michelle. Yes, I already sent my entry to Delicious dals event. Thanks again! :)

  • Amy

    oh wow, Sonia, daal tarka looks so delicious. Pass me the plate with rotis and this tarka and i”ll be satiated for a long long time :D great click too.. loved the touch of adding cilantro to the photo.
    .-= PJ´s last blog ..Apple crisp for two! =-.

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    .-= Amber´s last blog ..Full Body Cleanse, Total Body Cleanse, Natural Body Cleanse =-.

  • your blog is very nice!

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  • Daal Tadaka is my all time most favourite.

    Apani Rasoi

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