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Delicious Dal with Tadka

Comfort food for me is Khichdi or Dal Rice. So, I have a couple of recipes that I keep going back to when I want a flavour-packed meal. Today's Dal Tadka is one such dish that is saporous to the core. You'll find yourself running in for second and third helpings. Two important things to keep in mind. You need to have some good quality Ghee and lots of fresh garlic - these are the main ingredients that will elevate this dish. So let's have our ingredients ready.


For the Dal:

  • 1/2 cup Moong dal, soaked, washed and strained

  • 1/3rd cup Masoor dal, soaked and washed

  • Salt to taste

  • 1 large Onion, sliced

  • 1 large Tomato, sliced

  • 2 inch piece Ginger peeled and sliced

  • 6 flakes of Garlic peeled and sliced

  • 1/2 tsp Ginger-Garlic paste

  • 1 big Green Chilli, deseeded and sliced

  • 1/2 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder

  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder

  • Juice of half a Lime

For the Tadka:

  • 1 tbsp pure Ghee

  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds

  • 12-15 Curry leaves

  • A pinch of Hing/ Asafoetida

  • 2 dry Red Chillies

  • 4 flakes of crushed Garlic

  • Some chopped Coriander to garnish.


Step 1: Put the washed dal in a pressure cooker along with 2 1/2 cups of water. Add some salt to taste and pressure cook until super soft/ mashed(1st whistle on high heat. 3 whistles while on low heat). Keep aside.

Step 2: Heat ghee in a pan on medium flame. Add onion and fry until soft and light brown.

Step 3: Add sliced ginger + garlic and fry for a minute followed by ginger garlic paste.

Step 4: Time to drop in the sliced green chilli and tomato. Cook till the tomatoes turn soft.

Step 5: Add turmeric and Kashmiri chilli powder and stir well.

Step 6: Add the dal and combine well till the colour changes to a deep yellow. (Could be any shade of yellow depending on your turmeric and chilli powder.)

Step 7: Add water and salt according to your preferred texture and taste and bring to a rolling boil.

Step 8: Keep stirring so that it does not stick to the base or burn.

Step 9: Switch off the gas and add lime juice and stir.

Tadka Time!

Step 10: Take a tadka utensil and heat ghee in it.

Step 11: Once hot, add cumin and hing.

Step 12: As it splutters, add curry leaves, garlic and dried red chillies.

Step 13: Watch the garlic will brown a bit, the chillies and curry leaves will get darker. Switch off the gas immediately when this happens.

Step 14: Pour this aromatic tadka over your dal and garnish with coriander

Step 15: Serve piping hot with some steamed rice. Yummyyy!

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