Jan 24, 2012

Simple Dal Tadka!!!

Hi guys!!!

Everybody has their own list of comfort food and Dal tadka rates among the top items in my list. This is a very simple dish but tastes heavenly. It is a great combination for rotis, rice and for someone like me the dal by itself is great. I mean, I finish off the last bit of the dal even if I am done with the roti or rice :-)

The ingredients required are sure to be in the kitchen at all times and is ready in less than 20 minutes. Just pressure cook the dal and add the tadka to it and u are ready to serve dal tadka. Some people use a mixture of toor dal and channa dal to prepare this dish. Others use only toor dal. You can also use masoor dal like I did. I prefer masoor dal for dal tadka because of the richness of the cooked masoor dal and the golden yellow color without having to add turmeric powder. Now lets see the recipe.


Masoor dal/Toor dal - 1 cup
Tomato - 1 medium
Green chillies - 1 or 2
Garlic - 2 small pods
Hing/Asafoetida - a pinch
Turmeric powder - a pinch (optional if cooking with masoor dal)
Salt - 1 tsp

To season:
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Urad dal - 1 tsp
Red chillies - 2
Curry leave - a bunch
Ghee - 2 tbsp


1. Pressure cook the dal adding 2 cups of water with the chopped tomato, chilli, garlic pods, hing, turmeric powder and salt.
2. Let it cook for 15 minutes or upto 3 or 4 whistles. This lets the dal turn real mushy.
3. Meanwhile, heat the ghee in a kadai. Add the cumin and mustard seeds. When they splutter add the urad dal. When the urad turns light brown add the broken red chillies and curry leaves.
4. Add this tadka to the dal when the pressure is off.

Dal tadka is ready to serve!!! Tastes great with rotis and rice.


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