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 .

Dal Fry recipe - How to make Dal Fry

Soaking time:  2 hours   Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 4 servings
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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.
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 25 Jul 19 03:56 AM

what is Nigella seeds (kalongi) . please post picture to my mailbox . Also is it available anywhere in India
Tarla Dalal
25 Jul 19 03:37 PM
   Available all over India. All you had to do is click on the ingredient and it will lead you to the explanation. https://www.tarladalal.com/glossary-nigella-seeds-552i
Dal Fry
 on 24 Mar 19 07:21 AM

awesome recipe tarlaji.... everyone loved it
Tarla Dalal
25 Mar 19 09:17 AM
   Hi Bindi, Delighted to know you liked the recipe. Do try more & more recipes and share with us your feedback. Happy Cooking!
Dal Fry
 on 06 Jan 19 03:16 AM

I googled the internet to find a simple recipe for dal. This came up. I tried it today with good success. I''m just home from traveling and did not have all the spices, but I went ahead with what I had, and even so, it came out quite delicious. Thanks so much for posting this recipe which is simple to do and quite delicious.
Tarla Dalal
07 Jan 19 09:22 AM
   Hi Colleen, Thank you so much for your kind words.Delighted to know you liked the recipe. Do try more and more recipes from our website and share with us your feedback. Happy Cooking!
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
Tarla Dalal
10 Aug 18 08:52 AM
   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.
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.
Tarla Dalal
05 Apr 18 03:19 PM
   Hi Lava, We are delighted you loved the recipe. Please keep posting your thoughts and feedback and review recipes you have loved. Happy Cooking.
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.
Tarla Dalal
18 Oct 17 04:13 PM
   Hi Shimoli, Thank you for your suggestion, we are looking into it and sorry for the inconvenience...
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
Tarla Dalal
22 Jun 17 09:20 AM
   Anagha, thanks for your kind words. Glad you liked the dal fry. Keep reviewing the recipes you have loved.
Dal Fry
 on 26 Apr 17 07:44 AM

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