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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Easy South Indian Dal Tadka

Dal Tadka is such a comforting dish esp during the busy days.

When we moved to the new place and the house works were going on, we relied on easy yet nutritious dishes for lunch. Having very little time in hand, and a naughty kiddo all that we could do is such simple meals only. One such days lunch was this simple yet flavorful dal with potato curry and steamed rice....YUM! Do check out the "Coming up next" section which is newly located on the right tab.
Dal Tadka Recipe
  • Toor dal (Thuvaram Paruppu) - 1 cup [You can use yellow moong dhal too]
  • Tomato - 1 chopped
  • Small Onions - 4 halved
  • Turmeric powder - a pinch
  • Salt - to taste
  • Oil - 1 tsp
To Temper :
  • Oil / Ghee - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Jeera - 1 tsp
  • Hing - a pinch
  • Dry red chillies - 2 halved
  • Curry leaves - 4 to 5

Dal Tadka Recipe

  1. Pressure cook dal with onion tomato, a tsp of oil and with enough water and a pinch of turmeric powder, until soft or give 4 whistles.Once pressure releases mash up the dal with a laddle until mushy.
  2. Heat a tsp of ghee, add the items listed under 'to temper'. Allow it to crackle, switch off and transfer this tadka to the dal in the serving bowl .
  3. Add it to the cooked dal.Switch off.

Tadka is nothing but the seasoning we do with ghee / oil which gives a nice flavour to the simple dal.

Dal Tadka Recipe

[Source : Google]
  • Dal Tadka is a staple dish in several Indian households and is generally eaten with rice or rotis (indian flat-bread).
  • The traditional Dal Tadka Recipe is a preparation made from a variety of different lentils and a lot of spices making it a favourite accompaniment with Rice or Rotis/Naan etc.
  • Dal refers to the dry pulses that come as a result of splitting the whole pulses, and ridding them of their husks/hulls and shells.
  • Dal forms a very important part of the daily Indian meal, as it is one major source of proteins and energy.
  • Dal is generally eaten as accompaniment to Roti or Steamed white rice.Toor Dal or split Pigeon peas are generally used in preperation of this dish.

Dal Tadka Recipe

Anytime comfort and nutritious dal, do include it in your menu and enjoy!! 
Written by: SHARMILEE J


  1. Dhal Tadka luks delicious,too gud clicks...

  2. My mom aways ads shallots to dal, clicks are amazing and i always love the addition of toordal than yellow moong dal.

  3. Oh this looks so comforting. I can have this anytime of the day. Awesome clicks :)

  4. beautiful pic..i have a pic of dal in the exact same kadai and its been sitting in my draft for ages:)
    love dal in any form

  5. Healthy, nutricious and so creamy looking dhal.

  6. Hi Sharmilee!!!!!

    Simple and healthy dish...:)



  7. Very comforting dal fry, yumm!

  8. wow, what a crisp picture...dhall is everyone's comfort food, divine preparation.

  9. Dal has become my fav now a days... very nice pics...

  10. Love ur first pic tadka dhal are the best :)

  11. Daal tadka is one of my favorites for one of those busy days and I can totally vouch for it. The presentation is excellent too!!!

  12. comforting dal tadka. awesome clicks:)

  13. perfect and comforting dal....love it!!

  14. lovely pics...and super duper dal tadka...love this soo so much

  15. I love dal fry with basmati rice the best,I love south indian paruppu too,very simple yet tasty with ghee ;) Love your tadka!

  16. Yummy yummy :) This dal tadka has loads of versions :) Yours looks and sounds really good ;) I love the kutta vaanali and your clicks too :)

  17. give me this any single day and i can have it without complaining :)..love your presentation!

    US Masala

  18. Love your dal tadka...Nice presentation...

  19. Lovely pictures, Sharmi! Me too love simple and easy to cook food with loads of health benefits.

  20. Simple and tasty one among all dals....looks really yumm..

  21. Love this..Awesome clicks Sharmi..

  22. Comfort food at its pinnacle. Warm and wonderful!

  23. Totally mouthwatering! Great photo too.

  24. I love that kadai of yours!!!! That looks amazing. Simple, neat and very well presented! Yum Yum!

  25. Lovely.... Want to try this recipe... Just want to ask that can we chop the onions instead of halving? If yes then what would be the quantity of chopped onions??? Thanks :)

    1. Yes you can if ur small onions are very big....its the same quantity only.

  26. Hi..Sharmi....I'm a bachelor for the time being...whenever I need to cook something I open your website as first thing to begin with....it's been an essential ingredient in all my cooking ventures. Please keep up good work...for all the people in need like me.

    God Bless you and your family....Nag from Andhra.


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