Dal Tadka (whole Green Lentil And Bengal Gram Cooked With Spices)

Dal Tadka is a well known Punjabi side dish. Dal Tadka, as the name suggests, is actually a dal recipe, wherein different tempering (Tadka) is added to make it delicious. It can be cooked in various ways and by using different lentils. I have been cooking it by mixing Channa dal and Green dal. I also add a special Everest Tadka masala to enhance the taste. Different brands of this masala are easily avialable in the market and you can use them to make this easy recipe.

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Amar Kan's Secret Indian Recipe !

Preparation Time: 
15 Min
Cooking Time: 
30 Min


Channa Dal ( Bengal gram lentil) = 1/4 cup
Sabut Moong dal ( Whole green lentil) = 3/4 cup
Onion = 2 medium sized
Ginger= 1 inch piece
Garlic= 4-5 pods
Green chillies = 4-5
Tomatoes = 1 medium sized
Kasuri Meethi ( Dry Fenugreek seeds)= 1 tablespoon
Green Coriander Leaves = 1/4 cup chopped
Desi Ghee = 2 tablespoon
Refined oil = 4 tablespoon
Salt =To taste
Everest Tarda Masala = 1 small Packet (2 heaped Tbsp)
Wash The Channa dal and Green Moong dal with water and then put in a pressure cooker. Add 1 tsp salt and 1 and 1/2 cup of water and pressure cook the dal upto 3 whistles. The dal should not be overcooked.
Chop onion, tomato, ginger, garlic and green chillies in small pieces and keep ready.
Then heat oil and ghee together in a pan over Medium heat. First add the chopped onions and let it turn a little soft. Now add chopped ginger and garlic and fry till the onions turn light brown. Then comes the tomatoes and green chillies along with tadka masala. Just sauté for few seconds . You need not fry the masala too much as it is already roasted and grounded and then put into packets.
After adding the masala, pour the cooked dal and mix.
Adjust the seasoning and add kasuri meethi. Let the dal come to a boil. Finally add the chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with chapattis or rice with sliced onions on side
Dal should not be overcooked or else it will turn mushy