Dal Fry

Dal Fry

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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 .

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Dal Fry recipe - How to make Dal Fry

Soaking time:  2 hours   Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 4 servings (4 serving )
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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.

Coriander Roti 
Jowar Pyaz ki Roti 
Onion Roti 
Pyaz Aur Pudine ki Roti Or How To Make Onion and Mint Roti Recipe 

Nutrient values (Abbrv) per serving
Energy245 cal
Protein13.1 g
Carbohydrates32.6 g
Fiber5.4 g
Fat7 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium8.8 mg

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Dal Fry
 on 09 Aug 18 01:24 PM

I am very happy with all your recipes .they are awesome. I wanted to know if I want to make 15 servings of dal fry how much quantity will I need ? Thank you
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Dipti, We have a quantity conversion option on our recipe page. Below the Soaking time: 2 hours Preparation Time: 10 mins Cooking Time: 22 mins Total Time: 2 hours 32 minutes Makes 4 servings (4 serving), check for, Showing ingredients for ___ servings.
10 Aug 18 08:52 AM
Dal Fry
 on 06 Apr 18 08:22 AM

Dal Fry
 on 05 Apr 18 01:10 PM

Thank u so much for this wonderful recipe. My husband was craving for some Gud DAL fry since some days.. He wanted something similar to wat his mom used to make for him as a kid. N I made this as I knew ur recipes wudnt go wrong. N he loved it. N said it''s exact replica of wat his mom used to make for him. Will come bk to try more. Thanks again.
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Lava, We are delighted you loved the recipe. Please keep posting your thoughts and feedback and review recipes you have loved. Happy Cooking.
05 Apr 18 03:19 PM
Dal Fry
 on 18 Oct 17 12:46 PM

The recipe is superb.. But lots of advertisement r popping up, so can''t read & follow the recipe properly. Do the needful steps.
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Shimoli, Thank you for your suggestion, we are looking into it and sorry for the inconvenience...
18 Oct 17 04:13 PM
Dal Fry
 on 14 Jul 17 09:21 PM

yummmm...I just love it
Dal Fry
 on 22 Jun 17 08:14 AM

Simple and testy receipe, my family loved it. I add little red chilli powder as we prefer spicy food. Thank you so much. I always look for your recepies S they are authenticated and simple too
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Tarla Dalal    Anagha, thanks for your kind words. Glad you liked the dal fry. Keep reviewing the recipes you have loved.
22 Jun 17 09:20 AM
Dal Fry
 on 26 Apr 17 07:44 AM

Dal Fry
 on 16 Jan 17 07:34 PM

I thought it''s tough dish but it''s so simple. My kids nd hubby like very much. Thanks for easy dishes like this...
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Saida, Thank you for your kind words. Do try more and more recipes and let us know how you enjoyed them. Happy Cooking !!
17 Jan 17 08:37 AM
Dal Fry
 on 29 Oct 16 11:21 PM

Hi.. I tried this recipe today and it came very well. Everyone in my family liked it. Simple but easy dish. Can v try this same recipe with toor dal?
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Sushmita, We are very happy to know you have loved the recipe./ Do try more and more recipes and let us know how you enjoyed them. Happy Cooking !!
02 Nov 16 08:53 AM
Dal Fry
 on 20 Oct 16 12:29 PM

I always like dal fry. My son eats rice only when i prepare dal fry. This recipe is yummm.. i use toor dal and muug dal. Is it ok?
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Shivani, yes it fine to use both the dals..
20 Oct 16 04:45 PM
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