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Restaurant Style Dal Tadka Recipe

Dal tadka or Tadka Dal is one of the most basic yet one of the most popular dal recipes served in any Indian Restaurant. Best served with steamed rice.

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Restaurant Style Dal Tadka Recipe

Prep Time = 10 minutes
Cook Time = 25 minutes
Total Time = 35 minutes
Category = Main
Cuisine = Indian
Serves = 4-6
Nutrition Info = 250 calories
Serving Size = 1 Cup


» For Dal:

» For First Tadka (Tempering):

» For Second Tadka (Tempering):


» How To Cook Dal:

  1. Rinse both the dals well.
  2. In a pressure cooker add the rinsed dal, turmeric powder, salt, tomatoes, chopped ginger, chopped onions, and water.
  3. Cover with lid and pressure cook for 4 whistles. Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid.
  4. Once cooled, open the lid and whisk dal. Keep it aside.

» How To Make First Tadka (Tempering) For Dal:

  1. Heat ghee in a pan. Once hot, add cumin seeds and let them sizzle.
  2. Now add the ginger, garlic and sauté for a minute.
  3. Add onions and saute until the onions are golden brown.
  4. Next, add a pinch of asafetida, chopped green chilies, and sauté for a minute.
  5. After that, add chopped tomatoes and let it cook for 3-4 minutes.
  6. Now add 1/2 cup of water and let it boil for another 2 minutes.
  7. Add red chili powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder, kasuri methi, coriander leaves, and salt.
  8. Mix well and let it cook for 3 minutes. Now transfer the pressure cooked dal into the pan with tadka masala and mix properly. You can add more water if needed.
  9. Let it come to a boil and turn off the heat.

» How To Make Second Tadka (Tempering) For Dal:

  1. In a tadka pan heat 2 tablespoon ghee.
  2. Now, add a pinch of asafetida, cumin seeds, chopped garlic, chopped onions and sauté for a minute.
  3. Next, add dried red chilies, bay leaf, cloves, and sauté for another minute.
  4. Add red chili powder and cook for a few seconds.
  5. Now pour the hot tadka over hot dal.
  6. Mix thoroughly and serve hot with rice, paratha or roti.


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