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dal tadka recipe

dal tadka recipe, punjabi dal tadka

A toor dal recipe made by cooking the dal separately and giving tadka to the cooked and mashed dal.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Dal
Cuisine Punjabi
Servings 5
Calories 310 kcal


Cooking the dal:

  • 1 cup toor dal /yellow lentils washed well
  • 2-3 cups water
  • ½ tsp haldi /turmeric powder

Giving the tadka:

  • 1 tsp butter
  • 1 tsp ghee /clarified butter
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds/jeera
  • 4-5 slit green chillies
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 2 medium size onions very finely chopped
  • 3 to matoes very finely chopped
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp roasted coriander seeds powder
  • 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
  • ½ tsp crushed kasoori methi

giving the tadka 2:

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds/jeera
  • 3-4 dried red chillies
  • 2-3 slit green chillies
  • ½ tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves


Pressure cooking the dal(Step 1):

  • Take a pressure cooker, add the toor dal, add sufficient water, add turmeric powder, stir well.
  • Cover the lid of the pressure cooker and pressure cook the dal until it gets tenderized.
  • -4 whistles are enough for the dal to get tenderized well.
  • Switch off the flame.
  • Reduce the steam.
  • Open the lid, if the consistency of the dal is good, mash it directly without adding water and if it is slightly thick, add little water and mash the dal without lumps.
  • The dal is now ready for tadka and the tadka is mentioned below.

Giving the tadka 1 (Step 2):

  • Take a pan, add butter, ghee and heat it.
  • Add cumin seeds, give a stir.
  • Add 4-5 green chillies, ginger garlic paste, saute for few minutes to get rid of raw smell.
  • Add the very finely chopped onions and saute until the onions turn slight brown in color.
  • Add the very finely chopped tomatoes, saute well.
  • Add salt as per taste, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, mix well.
  • Cook the gravy until the tomatoes turn soft.
  • Add the mashed dal, give a mix.
  • Add 1 cup water and mix well.
  • Add some salt if required.
  • Mix the dal well.
  • Add chopped coriander leaves, crushed kasoori methi, mix well.
  • Bring the dal to a boil on low flame.

Give the tadka second time to the boiled dal (Step 2):

  • Take a tadka pan.
  • Add oil and heat it.
  • Add cumin seeds, let it crackle.
  • Add dried red chillies, slit green chillies, stir well.
  • Add half a teaspoon red chilli powder and mix.
  • Add some chopped coriander leaves.
  • Add this tadka to the boiling dal.
  • Switch off the flame.
  • Punjabi style dal tadka is ready to be served with rice or roti.


1. In this dal recipe, I have used butter but if making dal more healthier then I would suggest to use a healthy oil and it is a better option to replace butter with oil.
2. If one wants to make the dal in purely punjabi method then, in that case adding butter is a better option.
3. If toor dal is not available, then different dals like masoor, moong too can be added.


Nutrition Facts
dal tadka recipe, punjabi dal tadka
Amount Per Serving
Calories 310
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.