North Indian Style Dal Tadka

North Indian Style Dal Tadka

I am all about easy recipes that are EASY at the same time COMFORTING. For me, a plate of perfectly cooked rice, dal tadka, and chicken or any seafood fry is something very much that tells me home cooked meal. In North India, this is combination is very popular and is called Dal-Chawal (lentil-rice), a favorite among many.

Dal tadka is something I prepare once a week, it's wholesome, filling and keeps one content. This recipe is so easy and gets done in a jiffy! For lentils, I have used toor dal here. You may use red lentils, masoor dal, a mix or a combination of the lentils. There is no sautéing involved, only a tadka / tempering is prepared to give the dal its oomph!

You can have DAL TADKA with chappati, roti, rice or as a side curry. It will definitely be your family's favorite.

Ingredients :

  • 1/2 cup Toor Dal
  • 1/2 Onion, sliced
  • 1/2 Tomato, chopped
  • 1-2 Green chillies, slit
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
  • Salt, as required 
  • 3/4 cup Water
  • Coriander leaves, chopped 


  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp Ginger Garlic paste
  • 2 sprig Curry leaves
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder
  • A squeeze of Lemon juice
  • Coriander leaves, chopped 


  1. Wash toor dal well and add to a pressure cooker. 

  2. Pressure cook all the ingredients except for the ingredients under tadka for 1 whistle. Allow the pressure to release naturally.
  3. In a small tadka pan, add in butter, allow to melt. 
  4. Splutter the cumin seeds, add ginger garlic paste, curry leaves, chopped coriander leaves and sauté well. 
  5. Pour the cooked dal, add in the Kashmiri Red Chilli powder, and adjust seasoning if required.
  6. Allow to simmer well. Finally squeeze lemon juice, garnish with chopped coriander leaves and add in a blob of butter.
  7. Enjoy with cooked rice, and your favorite sides like chicken or fried seafood!


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