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dal tadka as made in restaurant

Restaurant style Dal tadka

Yellow split lentils curry
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Main Dish, sidedish
Cuisine diabetic friendly, gluten free, Indian, Pressure cooker, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter
Servings 4 people
Calories 190 kcal


to pressure cook

  • 1/2 cup split pigeon pea tur dal
  • 1/2 cup Moong dal split green gram
  • 1/4 cup Split bengal gram Channa dal
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 3 cups drinking water

for Masala base

  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 medium red onion chopped fine
  • 1 large Tomato chopped fine
  • 2-4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 inch fresh ginger root grated
  • 1 green chill chopped
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp roasted cumin powder

for tempering

  • 1 tsp ghee / clarified butter or oil
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 dry red chilli broken into bits
  • 1 pinch Asafoetida gum arabica


  • Wash the three dals and add them to a pressure cooker.
  • Add 3 cups of water and pressure for three whistles
  • Leave it to cool after rwmoving from the flame
  • Meanwhile, mince and chop the peeled onion, tomato, ginger and garlic
  • Into a pan add the oil and as it heats up saute the onions, garlic and ginger.
  • As they turn tranlucent add the tomatoes and cook further.
  • Add salt and reduce the vegetable base.
  • When the oil starts leaving the sides add the coriander and cumin powder and cook further ( keep stirring)
  • Release the pressure and add the cooked dal to the masala base.
    masala curry
  • Stir and mix well and adjust the salt
  • Simmer till the masala incorporates well into the dal
  • In a seperate pan add the ghee, cumin and red chilli bits
  • As they sizzle and heat up add the asafoetida and remove from heat
  • Add this tempering to the cooking dal. Remove the heat and keep covered for 10 minutes for the temepring flavours to infuse.
    dhabha yellow dal tadka
  • Serve garnished with coriander leaves.
    Dal tadka


Calories: 190kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 8gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.002gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 402mgPotassium: 188mgFiber: 6gSugar: 3g
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