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Dal Fry Recipe Step By Step Instructions

Dal Fry Recipe

Dal Fry is made by adding boiled and mashed lentils (dal) to a gravy made of Onion Tomato and Indian spices fried in ghee or oil.
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Recipe Info

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Servings 4
Category Main Course
Cuisine Indian

Nutrition

Calories: 140kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 10g

Ingredients For Dal Fry Recipe
  

  • 1 Cup Toor Dal (Arhar Dal / Split Pigeon Peas)
  • 1 Medium Sized Onion
  • 2 Tomatoes
  • 4-5 Cloves of Garlic
  • 1-2 Green Chillies
  • 1 inch Piece of Ginger
  • 1 Teaspoon Cumin Seeds (Jeera)
  • 1 Teaspoon Black Mustard Seeds (Rai)
  • 2 Dried Red Chillies
  • 8-10 Curry Leaves (Kari Patta)
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Asafoetida (Heeng)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder (Haldi)
  • 1 Teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Garam Masala
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Fenugreek Leaves
  • 2 Tablespoon Ghee or Oil

Step By Step Instructions for Dal Fry Recipe
 

  • Wash the toor dal 3-4 times and add it to a pressure cooker.
    1 Cup Toor Dal (Arhar Dal / Split Pigeon Peas)
    Dal Fry Recipe Step By Step Instructions 1
  • Add around 3 cups of water and pressure cook the dal till you get 1 whistle. Let the steam come out before opening the cooker.
    Dal Fry Recipe Step By Step Instructions 2
  • When the dal is cooked and soft, mash it with a masher of the back of a big spoon.
    Dal Fry Recipe Step By Step Instructions 3
  • Heat some ghee or oil in a pan or kadai. Add rai (mustard seeds) and let them splutter.
    1 Teaspoon Black Mustard Seeds (Rai)
    Dal Fry Recipe Step By Step Instructions 4
  • Add jeera (cumin seeds) to the pan and fry till it starts to crackle. Also add a pinch of heeng (asafoetida).
    1 Teaspoon Cumin Seeds (Jeera), 1/8 Teaspoon Asafoetida (Heeng)
    Dal Fry Recipe Step By Step Instructions 5
  • Add finely chopped onions and fry them till they become light brown.
    1 Medium Sized Onion
    Dal Fry Recipe Step By Step Instructions 6
  • Add finely chopped ginger, garlic and green chilli paste and fry till it is roasted.
    4-5 Cloves of Garlic, 1 inch Piece of Ginger, 1-2 Green Chillies
    Dal Fry Recipe Step By Step Instructions 7
  • Also add 2-3 whole dried red chillies along with some curry leaves and fry for a minute.
    2 Dried Red Chillies, 8-10 Curry Leaves (Kari Patta)
    Dal Fry Recipe Step By Step Instructions 8
  • Add finely chopped tomatoes to the gravy and saute till the tomatoes are completely cooked.
    2 Tomatoes
    Dal Fry Recipe Step By Step Instructions 9
  • Add salt, red chilli powder, haldi (turmeric powder) and garam masala. Mix and cook till the gravy starts to leave oil on the sides.
    1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder (Haldi), 1 Teaspoon Red Chilli Powder, 1/2 Teaspoon Salt, or to taste, 1/2 Teaspoon Garam Masala
    Dal Fry Recipe Step By Step Instructions 10
  • Now add the cooked and mashed dal to the prepared onion tomato masala, and mix well.
    Dal Fry Recipe Step By Step Instructions 11
  • Sprinkle some dried fenugreek leaves on the top and mix them with the dal. Let the dal simmer for 5 minutes.
    1 Teaspoon Dried Fenugreek Leaves
    Dal Fry Recipe Step By Step Instructions 13
  • Dal Tadka is ready. Optionally, add a few drops of lemon juice before serving. Garnish with some chopped coriander leaves and serve along with onion slices and lemon wedges. Enjoy this dal along with any rice or Indian bread preparation.
    Dal Fry Recipe Step By Step Instructions