Dal Tadka

This dal is a very easy to make, healthy, rich, creamy, restaurant style and delicious.If you have to whip up something quick and tasty, this recipe will be very handy for you.

I have made this many times at home and family has always enjoyed this dish:)


Moong dal ( green gram dal/ pasi paruppu) – 1 cup

Chana dal ( Bengal gram/ kadala paruppu)- 1/2 cup

Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp

Kashmiri red chilli powder- 1/2 tsp

Green chilies – 2

Garlic – 3-4 cloves

Onion – 1

Tomato – 2

Ginger – 1/2 inch

Ghee – 1 tsp

Mustard – 1/2 tsp

Cumin seeds – 1 tsp

Red chillies – 2-3

Hing ( asafoetida/ perungayam) – 1/4th tsp

Salt to taste

Butter – 2 tsps

Chopped coriander leaves – 2 tbsps


Wash and soak both the dals together for 30 mins- 1 hr.

Peel, wash and chop onion finely.

Wash and chop tomatoes finely.

Wash and slit the green chillies.

Drain the water completely, add 2 cups of fresh water, turmeric powder, green chillies , ginger and garlic. Pressure cook for 2-3 whistles. Let the steam subside. Remove the green chilies and whisk the dal well to mash it. Keep it aside.

Heat the ghee in a pan. Add mustard. When it starts spluttering, add cumin seeds,red chillies and hing. Sauté for few seconds and add the chopped onions. Sauté till it turns pink. Add the chopped tomatoes, Kashmiri red chilli powder and salt to taste. Sauté till the tomatoes become soft.

Add this to the cooked dal. Also add butter and 1/2 cup water and mix well. Check for the seasonings. Let the dal simmer for few mins.

Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with roti/ rice:)