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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Masoor Dal-Masoor Dal Tadka recipe

Dal is a very simple and comforting everyday dish served with hot steaming rice or roti. Being a vegetarian, dal is almost a regular feature in my home. I prepare dal with different varieties of dal and masoor dal (red lentils) is one of my favourite dish. Today let us learn to prepare masoor dal tadka following this easy recipe.

Masoor Dal Tadka-dal tadka recipe

Masoor Dal Tadka-Dal Tadka

Masoor Dal Tadka-Dal Tadka

 Prep Time : 5 mins
 Cook Time : 15 mins 
 Serves: 2-3
 Recipe CategoryDal Recipes-Main Course
 Recipe CuisineNOrth Indian

   Ingredients needed

   Masoor dal - 1/2 cup
   Green chilli - 1-2 finely chopped
   Onion (medium size) - 1 finely chopped
   Ginger - 1 inch piece finely chopped
   Garlic - 3 cloves
   Turmeric powder -1/4 tsp
   Salt needed

   For the tadka (seasoning)

   Ghee /clarified butter - 3 tsp
   Mustard seeds-1 tsp
   Cumin seeds/jeera -1 tsp
   Hing - a pinch
   Chilli powder -1/2 tsp
   Curry leaves - few


Soak dal for 15 minutes in hot water. Soaking saves a lot of time and energy.

Finely chop ginger, garlic, green chillies and onion.


Pressure cook dal with enough water for 3 whistles, adding chilli, ginger, garlic, onion, salt and turmeric powder. Once the pressure subsides, open the cooker and mash dal well. Add a cup of water and bring it to boil on medium flame.

In a pan, heat ghee, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add cumin seeds, hing, red chilli powder and curry leaves. Fry for a few seconds and pour it over the boiling dal. Remove from flame.

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve piping hot with rice or chapati. Masoor dal is a fantastic side dish for chapati and plain hot steaming rice.

More Dal Recipes

Dal Recipe

Bottlegourd Dal 

Dal Makhani 

Dal Palak 

Moong dal gravy

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  1. love masoor dal and will surely try your way.

  2. Dal tadka is simply superb...

  3. Wow!!!! my favorite. Lovely colour.

  4. That sounds delicious, simple & easy recipe.

  5. Comfort dal, beautifully prepared, looks nice too.

  6. One of my fav ...looks so gud

  7. Dal tadka is my favourite. Loved your version Padhu :)

  8. A comforting, simple & delicious dal!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  9. I have a packet of masoor dal athome.. Now I have a new recipe too :D great :)

  10. Looking delicious...

  11. Perfect accompaniment for roti :)

  12. Yummy. First choice of food. It is our usual food at home too. We used to add tomato with this recipe.


  13. An all time favourite comfort food. Love it with ghee and rice :)

  14. A very comfy food you share today ....awesome!

  15. Dal Tadka - hubby's favorite....looks yummy..

  16. Dal tadka looks yummy and fabulous. Perfect with chapati.

  17. simple tsaty and fabulous

  18. i made your recipe..Itzzz great thanx for ur recipe

  19. Hi I tried your rava idli today it was really soft and delicious thanks for the many other recipes also

  20. 1. Shall I use unsalted butter instead of ghee in this recipe and also in making rava kesari ? I bought unsalted butter (in that package it is mentioned Great for Ghee )

    2. what is meant by clarified butter ?

    1. Yes you can add unsalted butter instead of ghee. For rava kesari you have to add only ghee. Clarified butter is ghee . You have written that it is mentioned " it is great for ghee in the unsalted butter package". You should make ghee out of the butter. You can refer my how to make ghee from butter post . It is under cooking basics page. You had also asked if you can make chapati after keeping the dough at room temperature for 1 hours- Yes you can make. Hope I have cleared all your doubts.

  21. Yes you had cleared all my doubts Mam.. Thanks a lot .. I tried many recipes from your blog.. Its very useful to me .. Keep it up :) If I get any doubts further, I will notify u .

  22. When the dal is red in color... does it turn yellow after being cooked?? or is it because of the turmeric?

    1. Yes it turns yellow and looks like moong dal after cooking. Even if turmeric powder is not added, it will not be orange after cooking.

  23. Hi Padhu, could you please tell me if I need to pressure cook for one whistle or 3? Thanks,

    1. Pressure cook for 3 whistles.Make sure there is enough water to prevent the dal from getting burnt.

  24. Hi... Just tried out the recipe. Turned out to be very tasty. Thanks

  25. It was awesome. Got addicted to it when I made for chappathi.


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