Dal Tadka is one of the most popular recipe served in Indian restaurants. A mix of moong dal and masoor dal, this is a flavourful lentil preparation from Punjab

Dal Tadka Recipe

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 129 kcal
Author: Neha Mathur

Dal Tadka is one of the most popular recipe served in Indian restaurants. A mix of arhar dal and masoor dal or sometimes moong dal, this is a flavourful lentil preparation.



  • 1/2 cup Arhar Dal
  • 1/2 cup Moong Dal
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp Ghee
  • 1/2 cup Onion Chopped
  • 1 tsp Ginger Chopped
  • 1 tsp Garlic Chopped
  • 1 tsp Green Chilli Chopped
  • 1/2 cup Tomato Chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice

For tempering

  • 2 tbsp Ghee
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1/4 tsp SSP Hing
  • 2-3 Dry Red Chillies
  • 2 tsp Garlic Chopped
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Coriander Chopped


  1. Wash the dal and add it in a pressure cooker along with 3 cups of water and salt to taste.

  2. Pressure cook until dal is nicely cooked.

  3. Remove the pressure cooker from heat and let the pressure release. Mash the dal using the back of a ladle.

  4. Heat ghee in a pan.

  5. Once the ghee is hot, add onion and fry until slightly browned.

  6. Add ginger and garlic and fry for a minute.

  7. Add green chilli and tomato and cook for another 2-3 minutes.

  8. Now add turmeric powder and red chilli powder and the cooked dal.

  9. Adjust the amount of water and salt and bring the dal to a boil.

  10. Simmer the heat and let the dal cook for 4-5 minutes.

  11. Add lemon juice and mix well.

  12. For tempering, heat ghee in a pan.

  13. Once the ghee is hot, add cumin seeds and heeng.

  14. Let them crackle for a few seconds.

  15. Add Dry red chillies and garlic and fry until garlic turns brown.

  16. Pour the tempering over the dal.

  17. Garnish with fresh coriander.

  18. Serve hot.

Recipe Notes

Use a mix of either tuvar dal and moong dal or tuvar dal and dhuli masoor dal.

Always give two tadka to the dal to give it a dhaba like taste.

In the second tadka, make sure the ghee is very hot before adding the cumin seeds. It will make sure to release all their flavour in the ghee.

Use very good quality hing to give the tadka as it lends it a very delicious flavour.

You can also give a smoky taste to the dal by giving dhungar to it. For adding smoke flavour to dal, heat a piece of coal until red. Keep a bowl in the centre of the dal and keep this hot coal piece in the bowl. Drizzle a tsp of oil over the coal and immediately close the lid of the pan.

Nutrition Facts
Dal Tadka Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 129 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 28mg9%
Sodium 25mg1%
Potassium 168mg5%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 585IU12%
Vitamin C 38.8mg47%
Calcium 15mg2%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.