Dhaba Style – Dal Tadka

Dal Tadka aka Tadka Dal or Dal Tarka is a healthy, hearty, beautifully textured, smoky flavored Indian dal dish that is revered by many a Dhaba food connoisseur. The aroma that emanates the home while preparing the tadka for the dal dish is something one needs to experience as I cannot explain in words the sizzle and mingle of Indian spices in hot oil or desi ghee. Truly intoxicating.

Dal Tadka

Dal Tadka


1/2 cup Moong Dal
1 cup Water
2 Tomatoes (chopped)
1 Onion (chopped)
Coriander leaves to garnish
1 Ginger Flake (chopped)
4 Green Chillies (chopped)
1 tbsp Jeera
3 tbsp Ghee
Salt to taste

How to make Dal Tadka:

  • Wash dal properly and pressure cook it in water.
  • Add more water, if necessary, to prevent drying out.
  • Remove the cooker from the flame after 2 whistles.
  • Heat the ghee in a frying pan and add jeera.
  • Fry it for a minute on medium heat.
  • Mix green chillies and ginger. Fry again for about 2 minutes.
  • Add onions now and fry them till they turn light brown.
  • Now add tomatoes and fry for about 10 minutes.
  • Put salt and coriander leaves.
  • Mix well and fry for a minute.
  • Mix the prepared gravy into cooked dal.
  • Put it in pressure cooker and cook again for 1 whistle.
  • Moong dal is ready.
  • Serve with chapatis or plain rice.

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