Posted by : Lekhraj Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Are you bored of having ordinary Dal every day? Then let’s add some spicy tadka in it and make it lovable.

Tadka Dal

Recipe for Tadka Dal


(1) Masoor Dal- 1 cup
(2) Tomato (chopped) - 1
(3) Turmeric powder - ½ teaspoon
(4) Asafoetida / hing - ¼ teaspoon
(5) Salt to taste
(6) Onion (chopped) - ¼ cup
(7) Garlic - 3 cloves crushed
(8) Jeera/cumin seeds - 1 teaspoon
(9) Dry red chillies - 3 to 4, halved
(10) Mustard seeds - ¼ teaspoon
(11) Oil - 2 teaspoons
(12) Chopped fresh coriander leaves for garnish


(1) Pressure cook the dal, tomatoes and turmeric powder with 3 cups water, then cook it till gets 4 whistles. If you don't have a pressure cooker, cook in a closed, thick-bottomed pan for about 20-30 minutes until the Dal is cooked soft.

(2) Heat oil in a pan and add the ingredients for tempering. Once the mustard seeds gets popped and the onions turn transparent, add the cooked dal.

(3) Next, add salt, hing/Asafoetida and mix well. If the Dal is too thick, add some water. If too watery, let it remain on fire for longer until the desired consistency is reached.

Your Dal is ready, serve with chapatis or parathas with pickles.

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