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Arhar Dal Tadka recipe
Prep Time
15min
Cook Time
30min
Total Time
45min

Arhar Dal Tadka, also known as Toor Dal Tadka or simply Tadka Dal, is an easy lentil dish that is a staple in many vegetarian Indian meals. This popular dish, often found in Indian restaurants, is made from split pigeon peas, also known as yellow dal. The term "tadka" refers...

Ingredients

4 Servings
(1 serving = 1 bowl)

For Boiling

  • 1cup
    Toor/Arhar Dal
  • 3cups
    water
  • 1tsp
    Red Chilli Powder
  • 1tsp
    Turmeric Powder
  • Salt to taste

For Tempering

  • 2tbsp
    Ghee
  • 1tsp
    Cumin Seeds
  • 1/2tbsp
    Garlic (finely chopped)
  • 2piece
    Green Chillies (finely chopped)
  • 1/4cup
    Onion (finely chopped)
  • 1/3cup
    Tomato (ground or finely chopped)
  • 1tsp
    Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder
  • 2tbsp
    Lemon Juice

How to make Arhar Dal Tadka

Boil the Dal

  1. Wash the Toor/Arhar dal thoroughly under running water until the water runs clear.

  2. Add the washed dal to a pressure cooker along with water, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, and salt to taste.

    Step 1.1: Add the washed dal to a pressure cooker along with water, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, and salt to taste
  3. Close the lid of the pressure cooker and cook the dal on medium heat for 1-2 whistles or until the dal is soft and cooked through. Cooking time may vary depending on the quality of the dal.

    Step 1.1: Close the lid of the pressure cooker and cook the dal on medium heat for 1-2 whistles or until the dal is soft and cooked through
    Step 1.2: Close the lid of the pressure cooker and cook the dal on medium heat for 1-2 whistles or until the dal is soft and cooked through
  4. Once done, let the pressure release naturally.

Prepare the Tempering

  1. In a pan, heat ghee over medium heat.

  2. Add cumin seeds and allow them to splutter.

  3. Add the finely chopped garlic and green chillies. Sauté until the garlic turns golden brown.

  4. Add the finely chopped onions and cook until they turn golden brown.

    Step 2.1: Add the finely chopped onions and cook until they turn golden brown
    Step 2.2: Add the finely chopped onions and cook until they turn golden brown
  5. Add the ground or chopped tomatoes and cook until the tomatoes are soft and the oil starts to separate from the mixture.

    Step 2.1: Add the ground or chopped tomatoes and cook until the tomatoes are soft and the oil starts to separate from the mixture
  6. Add Kashmiri red chilli powder and mix well. Cook for another 2-3 minutes.

Combine and Simmer

  1. Add the boiled dal and lemon juice to the pan with the tempering mixture.

    Step 3.1: Add the boiled dal and lemon juice to the pan with the tempering mixture
  2. Mix well and let it simmer for 5-7 minutes on low heat to allow the flavours to meld together.

  3. Adjust salt to taste if needed and then turn off the heat.

  4. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve hot with steamed rice or roti.

    Step 3.1: Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve hot with steamed rice or roti
  5. Enjoy your delicious Arhar Dal Tadka!

Tips & Tricks

  1. The level of spiciness can be adjusted according to your preference.

  2. Pair with a side of pickles, papad, or a simple cucumber salad to complete the meal.

  3. Substitute ghee with oil to make this Dal Tadka vegan-friendly.

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Leena Kohli

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