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Sunday, February 24, 2008

Dal Tadka

This is authentic Indian dal recipe. It is known for its strong tadka. It is very good with chapatis or rice. This is my mom's recipe. She doesn't use Tamarind paste and Garam Masala. That's my little touch. Shahi Bawarchis used to serve this to their emperors. This dal is made with two Indian lentils. Its very good for digestive system.


  • 3/4 cup Toor Dal(arhar dal)
  • 1/4 cup Yellow moong dal
  • 1 cup Tomato, Chopped
  • 1 tbsp Green chili, Chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Tamarind Paste (store bought)
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tbsp Dhania Jeera Powder
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic, Chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Ginger, Grated
  • 3/4 cup Onion, Sliced
  • 1/2 tsp Hing
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • Salt to taste.

-- For Tadka

  • 1 tbsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • Pinch of Asafeotida
  • 3-4 Curry Leaves
  • 1 Red Chili, Whole
  • 1/2 tsp Red Chili Powder

-- For Garnish

  • Chopped Mint leaves And Cilantro

1. Clean, wash and soak Dals For 30 min. Then drain it with strainer.

2. Add tomatoes, turmeric, salt and 3-1/2 cups of water and pressure cook till the mixture is tender. Whisk the mixture a little bit.

3. Heat the oil in a large non-stick pan and add mustard and cumin seeds, red chili and curry leaves.

4. When the seeds crackle, add red chili powder, garlic, ginger, green chili, dhania-jeera powder, garam masala, asafoetida, and onions. Let it sauté till the onions turn golden brown.

5. Sprinkle about 1 tbsp water over it to prevent the onions from burning.

6. Mix tamarind paste, cooked dal mixture, and 1 cup of water. Bring it to boil. Add lemon juice.

6. Serve hot. Garnish with cilantro and mint leaves.



Sonu said...

Hi Madhavi,
I am new at ur blog. I love ur Dal-Tarka recipe. it's really nice recipe. Thanks 4 sharing.

Madhavi said...

I am glad u liked it Sonu :))

trupti s. said...

I'm going to try this recipe out tonight! glad you liked the rasiya muthiya recipe.....and yes,hun Gujarati chhun. :)

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Anonymous said...

Thanks bhabhi. i try dal-tadka receipe. thank u.