Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Dal Recipe

Dal is a North Indian dish mostly served with roti or rice. It is very simple and easy to prepare. It can be prepared with a single dal or a mix of 2-3 dals. I have used a mix of both moong dal and toor dal for preparing this dish. Today we will learn how to make basic dal following this easy recipe with step wise pictures. 

Dal Recipe
Dal with roti

Dal Recipe

 Prep Time : 15 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Serves: 2
 Recipe CategorySide Dish
 Recipe CuisineNorth Indian

   Ingredients needed

   Split Moong Dal/pasi paruppu -1/4 cup
   Toor Dal /Arhar dal- 1/4 cup

   Finely Chopped onions - 1/2 cup
   Finely chopped tomatoes - 1/2 cup
   Ginger -1 inch piece (peeled and finely chopped)
   Garlic -2-3 cloves minced
   Green chilli -1 finely chopped
   Fresh lemon juice -1 tbsp
   Salt as required

   Spice Powder

   Turmeric powder - a pinch
   Coriander powder -1 tsp
   Cumin powder - 3/4 tsp
   Chilli powder -1/2 tsp
   Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp

   For the seasoning

   Oil - 1 tbsp
   Mustard seeds - 3/4 tsp
   Jeera/cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
   Urad dal - 1/2 tsp (optional)
   Red chilli -1
   Asafoetida/hing -a pinch


Soak both the dal together in warm water for 15 minutes. Pressure cook with needed water (just enough water to cover the dal) and a pinch of turmeric powder for 3 whistles. Mash it well and keep it aside.

Finely chop onion, tomatoes, green chilli and ginger. Keep all the ingredients needed ready for seasoning. 

Basic dal recipe


Heat 1 tbsp of oil, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add cumin seeds, when it sizzles, add urad dal, hing and red chilli.

When urad dal turns golden brown, add finely chopped onions and saute until they become golden brown. Add a little salt to speed up the process.

frying onions

Add ginger, garlic and saute for a few more minutes.

how to prepare dal

Add tomatoes, all the spice powder, salt needed and cook until tomatoes become mushy and oil separates. If it is too dry, you can add 1-2 tbsp of water.

Then add cooked dal, 1 1/2 cups of water and simmer over low heat for a few minutes. Adjust water according to the consistency required. Remove from flame. The consistency of the dal should neither be too thin nor too thick.

North Indian dal

Add lemon juice, mix well and garnish with coriander leaves.

Serve hot with chapati or roti or rice. Enjoy!

Do check out my

How to cook dal

Dal Makhani 

Masoor dal Tadka

Dal Palak 

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  1. love to have it with rotis!!..yummy!

  2. Comforting dal...never get tired of this curry :-)

  3. I always love this combo so tasty, healthy and light. Platter looks so so yummy

  4. Easy breazy dal. Looks delish. We all love dal at our place. So healthy and delicious. Love ur dal butterfly.

  5. Very comforting dish, goes well with rice as well as rotis.A simple yet healthy recipe. Pic looks good too.


  6. Simple yet tasty presentation

  7. easy yummy and healthy dal..perfect with roti..:)

  8. I love dal and I love easy dishes. This looks so good I'm going to try it tonight! Thanks!

  9. Daal and chapati is my favorite combo! looks delicious and healthy :)

  10. தாலில் கடுகு, எண்ணெய் இல்லை, தாளிக்க வில்லையா. தால் மிக அருமையாக உள்ளது. நன்றி.

  11. Healthy and yummyyyyy..Nice combination with chappathi...

  12. hey ur dal recipe is simple and nice...ingredients used r very gud...i vl try sun

  13. Oh Wow! Your Easy Veggie Dal looks fantastic! I love your presentation and the recipe sounds simple to make. What a great idea!

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    p.s. Please resend the link to this recipe to my 50th post to enter your second chance to win, thanks:)

  14. Hi Padhu, You have an excellent creativity. And your recipes are awesome. In this recipe, I assume the green chillies are to be added while frying the onions and tomatoes. The dal tastes good even without the chillies. Good job!

  15. hai... i tried this recipe.. really yummy combination for chapathy...

  16. Nice Presentation and eazy to cook... Thanks padu
    Waiting for your great recipes Sreeni, kerala

  17. hai..I just started learning cooking..Its a superb blog..Easy to cook...very good Presentation...Really Thanks Padhu..

  18. Hai padhu...the way u clickthe pics reallyvery good yar...i thk u should b awarded first for ur photography also...awesome...keep it up

  19. Hi padhu, really beautiful blog, by frequently visiting your blog,it has taken me to the next level in my cooking. Thanx and god bless u.
    Can u pls give me some tips for the spotless and non greasy kadai like yours.

  20. Hi Padhu,

    I am an avid reader of your blog and your recipes never let me down.
    I love them for their simplicity and making it look so easy.
    I made this yesterday and my 7 year old loved it and I was so happy !

  21. Hey padhu, tried tis dal today.. it was superb,tasty tangy... thanks loads..

  22. Hi padhu, whats is the need to add lemon juice?? Can it be skipped??

    1. It is added for a slight tangy taste. You can skip if you do not prefer.

  23. Delicious dal. Loved it with rice too!

  24. Hello, extremely lovely blog, by as often as possible going by your blog,it has taken me to the following level in my cooking. Thanx and god favor u.

    Would u be able to pls give me a few hints for the spotless and non oily kadai like yours.

    1. It is already there. Check under useful tips under the heading How to clean burnt kadai

  25. Thank you very easy to follow less time

  26. I tried this recipe and it was very tasty.. Thank you for sharing this recipe with us.


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