Dal Tadka, Punjabi Dal Tadka

Dal Tadka, Punjabi Dal Tadka

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The Dal Tadka is one of the most popular dals while eating out at Indian restaurants and even roadside dhabas.

Punjabi Dal Tadka is made from 2 different kinds of dals, chana dal and toovar dal which are first pressure cooked with water, salt, turmeric, ginger, garlic and green chillies. Then the vegetables are cooked in oil with the dal and then the ghee tempering with spices is added to this Restaurant style Dal Tadka.

However few of us realise that this authentic Restaurant style Dal Tadka can be prepared with ease in your very own kitchen at nearly one-fifth the price.

This creamy, rich and smooth Dal Tadka is tempered with Punjabi spices and ghee. Serve Dal Tadka with Jeera Rice or Cooked Rice.

Enjoy how to make the Dal Tadka recipe with detailed step by step photos and video.

Dal Tadka, Punjabi Dal Tadka recipe - How to make Dal Tadka, Punjabi Dal Tadka

Soaking time:  30 minutes   Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 4 servings
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Ingredients
Method
For the dal tadka recipe

    For the dal tadka recipe
  1. Clean, wash and soak both the dals in water for 30 minutes. Drain.
  2. Add the soaked and drained dals, green chillies, garlic, ginger, turmeric powder, salt and 3 cups of water in a pressure cooker and pressure cook for 3 whistles till the dals are cooked. Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid.
  3. Remove the green chillies and discard them. Whisk so as to mash the dals. Keep aside.
  4. Heat oil in a deep non-stick pan, add the onions and sauté on a medium flame for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Add tomatoes and cook for another 2 minutes, stirring occasionally and lightly mashing with the back of the spoon.
  6. Add the cooked dal, mix well and bring to boil. Cook for 6-8 minutes on a medium flame while stirring occasionally.
  7. For the tempering, heat the ghee in a small non-stick pan and add the mustard seeds and cumin seeds. When the seeds crackle, add the red chilli, curry leaves, ginger and garlic and sauté on a medium flame for 30 seconds.
  8. Switch off the flame add chilli powder and mix well.
  9. Pour the tempering over the dal.
  10. Serve the dal tadka hot garnished with coriander.
Nutrient values (Abbrv) per serving
Energy259 cal
Protein12 g
Carbohydrates28.9 g
Fiber4.9 g
Fat10.7 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium4 mg
Dal Tadka Video by Tarla Dalal
Dal Tadka, Punjabi Dal Tadka recipe with step by step photos

Cooking Notes On Dal Tadka

  1. Use the fresh ingredients to make Dal Tadka, for example do not use the market bought ginger garlic paste, get fresh ingredients and chop them fresh. It would help in giving a fresh flavor to the Dal Tadka.
  2. Always wash the dals before using, to get rid of any harmful bacteria or germs over it.
  3. As the same suggests, tadka = tempering, it is the most important aspect of Dal tadka and it should be made using ghee as ghee influences and imparts flavor to the Dal tadka.
  4. Soak both the dals for a while before starting to make the Dal Tadka.
  5. You can also add flavor to the dal by the process of “dhungar” many Indian restaurants practice it to give Dal Tadka a luscious and smoky flavor.
  6. Dhungar is done by heating a piece of coal until red and transfer it to a small bowl, place the small bowl in centre of the dal and drizzle little ghee over the coal. Close the lid and let the dal smoke for 3-4 minutes.

Method for Dal Tadka

  1. To prepare Dal tadka, place toovar dal in a bowl. 
  2. Add 1/4 cup chana dal to the same bowl. 
  3. Wash it very well with water. 
  4. Drain the dirty water and pour fresh water to dal. 
  5. Soak both the dals in water for 30 minutes.
  6. After half an hour.
  7. Drain them completely with the help of a strainer.
  8. Add the soaked and drained dals in the pressure cooker.
  9. Add the green chillies. Adjust the quantity as per the spice level you can handle.
  10. Add the garlic and ginger. If you are Jain, skip adding the lehsun.
  11. Add the turmeric powder.
  12. Add salt and 3 cups of water.
  13. Pressure cook for 3 whistles or till the dals are cooked. Allow the steam to escape naturally before opening the lid.
  14. Mix and remove the green chilies and discard them.
  15. Whisk the dal so as to mash the dals. Keep aside.
  16. For the Restaurant style Dal Tadka, heat oil in a deep non-stick pan. You can even make use of ghee/butter to make the dal tadka rich.
  17. When the oil is hot, add the onions.
  18. Sauté the onions on a medium flame for 1-2 minutes.
  19. Add tomatoes. You can even make use of tomato puree or fresh tomato pulp.
  20. Cook for another 2 minutes, stirring occasionally and lightly mashing with the back of the spoon.
  21. Add the cooked dal.
  22. Mix well and bring to boil. Cook for 6-8 minutes on a medium flame while stirring occasionally. The consistency of Dal tadka should not be too thin or too thick.
  23. For the tadka of Dhaba style Dal Tadka, heat the ghee in a small non-stick pan. Ghee provides a pleasant aroma and delicious flavor, however, you can also use vegetable oil to prepare the tempering.
  24. Add the mustard seeds and cumin seeds.
  25. When the seeds crackle, add the red chilli.
  26. Add the curry leaves.
  27. Add the ginger and garlic. It provides a nice mouthfeel to the Punjabi dal tadka.
  28. Sauté on a medium flame for 30 seconds.
  29. Switch off the flame, add chilli powder and mix well.
  30. Pour the tempering over the dal. OurDal Tadka is now ready! If you are preparing Punjabi dal tadka for party, you can make dal without tempering beforehand and just before serving make tadka and pour it on dal.
  31. Serve the Punjabi Dal Tadka hot garnished with coriander. Relish the dal tadka with hot pulkas, chapati, naan etc.

Reviews

Dal Tadka, Punjabi Dal Tadka
 on 13 Jan 19 08:53 AM
5

Excellent.
Tarla Dalal
14 Jan 19 09:24 AM
   Hi Sara, Happy to know you liked the recipe. Do try more & more recipes and share with us your feedback. Happy Cooking!
Dal Tadka, Punjabi Dal Tadka Recipe
 on 28 Apr 18 07:12 PM
5

Delicious and easy! Thanks!
Tarla Dalal
02 May 18 09:44 AM
   Hi Rohini : Thanks for the feedback. Look forward to hearing from you again.
Dal Tadka, Punjabi Dal Tadka Recipe
 on 03 Jul 17 04:46 AM
5

Delicious and easy! Thanks!
Tarla Dalal
03 Jul 17 10:28 AM
   Thanks Aussie Girl.
Dal Tadka, Punjabi Dal Tadka Recipe
 on 20 Mar 17 10:03 PM
5

Best Dal receipe ever .Thank you
Tarla Dalal
03 Jul 17 10:30 AM
   Thanks Divya, we are delighted you loved the Dal Tadka recipe.
दाल तड़का
 on 01 Feb 17 02:33 PM
5

Dal Tadka, Punjabi Dal Tadka Recipe yadidesi ghee me mara huia tadka Roti and Rice ka sabse achcha combination hai ....
दाल तड़का
 on 18 Jul 16 07:02 PM
5

Mere panjab di dish, badi lubhavani!!!!
Tarla Dalal
19 Jul 16 09:02 AM
   Hi Manu, We are very happy to know you loved the recipe. Do try more and more recipes and let us know how you liked them. Happy Cooking !!