Dal Fry

5/5 stars  100% LIKED IT    1 REVIEW ALL GOOD

Added to 1117 cookbooks   This recipe has been viewed 602205 times

From roadside dhabhas to global Indian restaurants, almost all diners serve this all-time favourite Dal Fry.

A mixture of moong and masoor dal cooked to perfection and perked up with an aromatic tempering along with fried onions and tomatoes, this dal has a very pleasing texture and irresistible flavour too.

The addition of nigella seeds to the tempering is a special touch, which leaves a lingering flavour on your taste buds even after you finish your meal. Enjoy the Dal Fry hot and fresh with your favourite Rotis / Puris / Parathas .

Add your private note

Soaking time:  2 hours   Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:     Makes 4 servings
Show me for servings


1/4 cup yellow moong dal (split yellow gram) , , washed , soaked for 2 hours and drained
1 cup masoor dal (split red lentil) , washed , soaked for 2 hours and drained
1/4 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
2 green chillies ,
1 tsp grated ginger (adrak)
1 tsp grated garlic (lehsun)
salt to taste
2 tbsp ghee
1/2 tsp mustard seeds ( rai / sarson)
1/2 tsp nigella seeds (kalonji)
1 whole dry kashmiri red chilli
1/2 cup finely chopped onions
1/2 cup finely chopped tomatoes

For The Garnish
1 tbsp finely chopped coriander (dhania)

  1. Combine the dals, 2½ cups of water, turmeric powder, green chillies, ginger, garlic and salt in a pressure cooker, mix well and pressure cook for 2 whistles.
  2. Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid and keep aside.
  3. Heat the ghee in a deep non-stick kadhai, add the mustard seeds, nigella seeds and dry kashmiri red chilli and sauté on a medium flame for a few seconds.
  4. Add the onions and sauté on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes or till the onions turn translucent.
  5. Add the tomatoes and ¼ cup of water, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  6. Add the cooked dal mixture and ¼ cup of water, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 3 to 4 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  7. Serve immediately garnished with coriander.

RECIPE SOURCE : Indian CookingBuy this cookbook
Rate and review this recipe and get 15 days FREE bonus membership!
Subscribe to the free food mailer

Pamper Yourself with These Cheesy Delights

Missed out on our mailers?
Our mailers are now online!

View Mailer Archive

Privacy Policy: We never give away your email

REGISTER NOW If you are a new user.
Or Sign In here, if you are an existing member.

Login Name

Forgot Login / Passowrd?Click here

If your Gmail or Facebook email id is registered with Tarladalal.com, the accounts will be merged. If the respective id is not registered, a new Tarladalal.com account will be created.

Your Rating

Are you sure you want to delete this review ?

Click OK to sign out from tarladalal.
For security reasons (specially on shared computers), proceed to Google and sign out from your Google account.

 on 09 Feb 12 09:54 AM

Really tasty Dal and becomes healthy when you cut the ghee quantity down. I love the mouth feel of the pressure cooked dal and this is a classic North Indian dal.