Tadka Dal Recipe

Posted on February 8th, 2011 by
Tadka Dal Recipe
Serves 4 people
45 minutes

Tadka dal is very simple everyday dish, served with rice or any indian bread. Tadka dal is lentil tempered with a cumin seeds, chilies, curry leaves. It is prepared throughout India. Dal is one of the major sources of protein in Indian vegetarian meal.


  1. In a pressure cooker, add dal, tomatoes, turmeric powder, salt and 3 cups of water.
  2. Cook for 4 whistles turn off heat and let it cool down for 10 minutes.
  3. Heat oil in a pan, add the cumin seeds wait until seeds crack.
  4. Then add asafoetida, dry whole red chilies, curry leaves and onions.
  5. Saute for 2 to 3 minutes until onions are soft.
  6. Add cooked dal and mix well. Simmer for few minutes on medium heat.
  7. Garnish wtih cilantro and serve with rice.


  • 1/2 Cup Split Moong Dal
  • 1/2 Cup Masoor Dal
  • 1 Small Tomato, diced
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • A pinch Asafoetida (Hing)
  • 1/4 Cup Onion, diced
  • 1 Teaspoon Cumin Seeds (Jeera)
  • 2 Whole Dry Red Chilies, broken into pieces
  • 3 to 4 Curry Leaves
  • 2 Tablespoon Oil
  • To Garnish
  • 1 Tablespoon Cilantro (Coriander Leaves), finely chopped
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