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How to Make Homemade Yellow Dal Tadka Recipe?

Amit Roy
This simple yet comfortingly delicious bowl of dal fry tadka is full of rich protein and carbs. This authentic Dhaba style dal tadka recipe takes very less time to prepare.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Indian
Servings 2 people


  • 2 tbsp Masoor Dal (Red Lentil)
  • ½ cup Toor Dal (Pigeon pea)
  • ½ tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Oil
  • 1 ½ cup Water
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 3 tbsp Ghee
  • 3 Dry Red Chilli
  • 1 Tej Patta (Bay Leaf)
  • 1 pinch Hing
  • 2 Garlic chopped
  • 1 Green Chili chopped
  • 1 inch Ginger chopped
  • 1 medium Onion chopped
  • ¾ tsp Kashmiri Red Chili Powder
  • ½ tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1 medium Tomato chopped
  • 3 tbsp Coriander Leaves finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Kasuri Methi crushed
  • ¼ tsp Kasuri Methi
  • Salt as needed


  • Take a bowl, add 2 tbsp Masoor Dal, ½ cup Toor Dal and rinse them properly.
  • Now, in a pressure cooker, add ½ tsp salt, ¼ tsp turmeric powder, 1 ½ cup water, and stir them well.
  • Pressure cook it for 5 whistles or until the dal is cooked properly.
  • After it is cooked, add some water and keep it aside.
  • Take a large Kadhai, bring it to heat on low flame.
  • Add 2 tbsp ghee, 1 bay leaf, ½ tsp cumin seeds, 2 dried red chilies, and a pinch of hing and saute them for a minute or two.
  • Then, add 1 inch chopped ginger, 2 cloves of garlic chopped, 1 chopped green chili and saute them properly.
  • Add 1 medium chopped onion, 1/s tsp of chili powder, ¼ tsp of turmeric powder, ½ tsp of salt, and ½ tsp of coriander powder while keeping the flame on low saute it till the onions turn translucent.
  • Add 1 medium chopped tomatoes and saute till it melts.
  • Now, add the cooked dal into this tadka over and simmer it for 5 to 10 minutes on a medium flame.
  • Top it with 1 tsp of Kasuri methi, 2 tbsp of coriander, and ¼ tsp of garam masala. Mix them well.
  • Your Dal fry Tadka is ready to be served. Serve it with steamed rice or Jeera fried rice.


  • You can use vegetable refined oil to cook the dal instead of Ghee.
  • You can choose the consistency of dal by adding or reducing the amount of water.
  • It is better if you can soak the dal before cooking for a 30 to 40 minutes.
  • You can increase or decrease the amount of green chili according to your preference.
  • Preferable use Ghee for tempering to enhance its taste.
Keyword Dal Tadka Fry