Dal Tadka (Restaurant Style Recipe) | How to Make Dal Tadka? Step by Step Guide!

Dal Tadka

Dal tadka is popular in Indian resto, dhaba and hotels. This is a tasty and easy recipe.

It is prepared using tur dal. But you can use moong or masoor dal for this recipe.

Dal means lentil is a Hindi term. You can use burnt charcoal for a smoky flavor. It makes dal tadka even more special. Tastes good with jeera rice or restaurant-style Indian bread.

If you’re not in a mood to prepare an elaborate meal and want to keep it simple and easy, then go for this easy dal recipe. Let’s learn to make dal fry.

Preparation Time
– 10 Min
Cooking Time
– 20 Min
Total Time
– 30 Min
– 4 People
– Dal
– North Indian, Punjabi
  1. 1 Cup of tur dal
  2. 2 cups of water
  3. 3 tsp ghee
  4. ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  5. A pinch of asafetida
  6. ½ tsp cumin seeds
  7. ½ tsp mustard seeds
  8. 1 cup finely chopped onion
  9. 1 cup finely chopped tomatoes
  10. One green chili
  11. 1 tsp coriander powder
  12. 1 tsp garam masala
  13. 4-5 curry leaves
  14. 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  15. Salt to taste
  16. Finely chopped coriander leaves
  17. 1 tsp Kasuri methi (optional)
For Tadka
  1. 1 tsp ghee
  2. 3-4 finely chopped garlic
  3. Two diced red chilies


  1. Take dal in a bowl and wash it 2-3 times with water.
  2. Add the washed dal to the cooker and add water.
  3. Add turmeric powder, asafetida and mix well.
  4. Close the lid and cook on medium heat until three whistles.
  5. After three whistles cooker turn of the gas and cool down it for 10 minutes.
  6. After cooling the cooker, open the lid, beat the dal with a beater and keep it aside.
  7. Heat a pan and add ghee or oil when ghee is a little hot, add mustard seeds once it crackles add cumin seeds and let them pop up.
  8. Add finely chopped onion and fry it turns golden brown color.
  9. Add ginger-garlic paste and fry it for 30 seconds.
  10. Add finely chopped tomato and cook until tomato becomes soft.
  11. Add green chili coriander powder, red chili powder, garam masala and mix well.
  12. Cover the lid and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  13. Open the lid and mix everything well.
  14. Add the cooked dal and mix well.
  15. Add water to adjust the consistency mix well.
  16. Add salt to taste and stir well.
  17. Add coriander leaves, Add Kasuri methi and mix well.


  1. Heat a tadka pan and add ghee. You can use oil or butter instead of ghee.
  2. Add chopped garlic and let it turn a little brown.
  3. Add dried red chilies and fry them.
  4. Add curry leaves and fry them.
  5. Add this tadka on dal and mix well.
  6. Dal tadka is ready to serve.
  7. Dal tadka is goes well with nan, roti, jeera rice.


  1. You can use moong or Masur dal instead of tur dal. Also, you can make dal tadka using three dal mix up.
  2. Dal tadka recipe tastes nice when prepared with a slightly thick consistency.
  3. Adjust the consistency of dal tadka by adding water is required.
  4. Dal tadka recipe tastes good when prepared slightly spicy.

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