Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Dal Tadka | Toor Dal Tadka | No onion No garlic recipe

Dal Tadka  is one of the famous recipe that you can see in the menu of indian restaurant in abroad. Actually it's the basic lentil recipe where lentils are cooked till mushy and temper with indian spices.It's so easy to prepare and it tastes absolutely delicious with both rice & roti. 

At our home, we used to prepare thick dal as side dish for our lunch and call it as "Katti Paruppu", where dal is cooked well and temper with mustard & urad dal tempering. It tastes so good on top of rice with little drizzle of ghee. 

But the recipe that i'm sharing today is not that much thick, it's in pourable consistency and can have it as side dish for rotis also. Guess every state in India have its own way of cooking basic dal and here is the one from Northern parts of India. Without further delay let's check out the recipe, but if you want to know what i have prepared for past 2 days under "No onion No garlic" theme, here they are
Day 1 - Manthanga Pulissery
Day 2 - Kuthiraivali Pongal

Dal Tadka

Preparation Time : 5 mins | Cooking Time : 20 minsServes :
Recipe Category: Lentils | Recipe Cuisine: Indian
Dal Tadka,Toor Dal Tadka Dal Tadka,a delicious Indian lentil recipe with full of flavor.
Toor Dal - 1/2 cup
Asafoetida powder - 1/4 tsp
Tomato - 1 
Green chili - 2
Cumin seed - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Oil - 1 tsp
Salt - to taste
To Temper
Ghee - 1 tsp
Red chili powder - 1/4 tsp
Cumin seed - 1/2 tsp
Ginger - 1 tsp(finely chopped)

Wash and take the toor dal in a pressure cooker along with asafoetida powder and enough water. Cook it for 3 whistle.
Chop the tomato into small pieces and slit the green chilies. Heat the pan with oil, add the cumin seed. Let it crackle.
Then add the tomatoes and green chili,saute till the tomatoes becomes mushy, then add the turmeric powder & mix well.
Add enough water and bring into boil, then add the mashed toor dal.
Mix it well, add the enough salt and bring into boil & let it simmer for 2-3 mins.
Pour the dal into the bowl. Then tempering the ingredients listed under "To temper". First heat the ghee, add cumin & ginger, let the cumin crackle.
Switch off the flame and then add the red chili powder into ghee and pour it immediately over the dal.
Tada, Dal Tadka is ready to serve.
  • Cook the dal till it becomes mushy.
  • Depends on the spice level you want, add less or more ghee chili.
  • Cumin & ginger used in the tempering gives great flavor to the dal.


  1. Nothing can beat this simple dal tadka... Comfort food at its best. As you said, each and every state have their own version of dal...

  2. Nothing can beat this comforting dal, i can have this ultimate dal with anything, seriously lipsmacking here.

  3. Simple dal is such a comforting dish for any time and any day. I especially love this simple dal and make it quite often at home.

  4. You said it right, Sandhiya. Each state has a version of dal tadka and each of them is as comforting as the other. Love this version.

  5. Dal tadka makes a appearance at least twice a week in our home and this is always a superhit!!

  6. We used to make this with moong dal and it would be great with dosas and idlis. Your version with toor dhal looks so delicious. I would love it with some ghee and rice..

    1. Haven't tried with moong dal, will try some time,Gayathri

  7. Toor daal is one daal which is very versatile , and every state has their own take on it . Simple , yet flavourful daal is always welcome for a comforting meal .

  8. The bowl is So cute ! And the Dal tadka with hot rice or roti is a classic combo. U have made it so well :) kudos !

  9. A comforting dal with rice or roti. You're right every state and every Indian home has its own version of tadka dal.

  10. I love this comforting dal and the tempering on top looks like a flower..:)

  11. wow such an amazing comfort food , My hubby if sees this he will make me do this now :D she loves dal tadka a lot.. Your version of dal tadka looks so delicious sandhiya, dal tadka without onions still so much deliciousness !! Wonderful recipe selection !!

  12. There is no better food than a cup of perfectly tempered dal! I make his almost 3 or 4 times a
    Both my kids are happy with this dal and rice with some potatoes! Looks perfect !

  13. This is my kind of comfort food and love this dal tadka with toor dal. I can eat it with roti, chawal or just by itself as soup. Lovely clicks as well Sandhiya!

  14. I like this kind of easy comfort dal with some steamed piping hot rice.

  15. Love this flavorful and homely dal.

  16. One of the basic dals but always a comfort food. We too make it once a week.

  17. Very comforting and healthy dal recipe for everyday meal.