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Dal tadka

Home style dal cooked in pressuer cooker and tempered with indian spices.
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Keyword dal tadka
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author chaitra


  • 1/2 cup split pigeon pea /toor dal/arhar dal
  • 1/2 medium size onion sliced
  • 1 medium size tomato chopped
  • 1/2 inch ginger chopped
  • 2 green chillies slit
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • salt to taste

For tempering

  • 1 tbsp ghee/clarified butter
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 5 garlic cloves chopped
  • 2 long dried red chilli roughly cut
  • 10 curry leaves
  • pinch of asafoetida


  • Wash dal couple of times in running water.
  • Add the dal to pressure cooker along with onion, chopped tomato, ginger, green chilli, turmeric powder,salt and 2 cups of water. Cook for 4 whistles in medium flame and put off the stove.
  • Once the pressure releases completely, open the cooker lid. The dal should be cooked soft and mushy. Add little water if the dal is too thick.
  • Transfer the cooked dal to serving bowl and garnish with chopped coriander leaves..
  • In a small pan, heat 1 tbsp of ghee keeping the heat medium.
  • To this add mustard seeds. As they crackle add cumin seeds, chopped garlic, dried red chilli, asafoetida and curry leaves. Fry this for 1-2 mins.
  • Pour the tempering to the dal and mix it.
  • Serve the dal with steamed rice and rotis.


  1. If not in pressure cooker, soak dal for an hour in water. Cook dal with all other ingredients adding sufficient water in cooking pot.
  2. Cook the dal till it is soft and mushy. Do not cook it till paste texture.