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Dal Tadka Recipe (Non-spicy version)

Dal Tadka

Today Arathi will show us how to make a perfect homemade Dal Tadka, which ingredients to use and which not to use.
We also have a video recipe to watch on our Youtube channel and our post “MFIAC Ep4 – A culinary trip to India“.
And do not forget to watch our new mini-series “My Friend is a Cook”. Check it out the episode 1 and episode 2 about traditional Chinese food!

Dal Tadka

Recipe Dal Tadka

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes


For the "Dal":

  • 1 Cup of Lentils (Any kind)
  • 2 Cups of Water
  • 1 big onion, chopped
  • 1 big tomato, chopped
  • 3 - 4 cm peeled ginger, and crushed
  • 2 medium garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon Red chili powder or Paprika
  • ½ teaspoon Turmeric powder, or adjust to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Garam masala, or adjust to taste
  • 1½ teaspoon Salt, or adjust to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • ½ teaspoon Coriander powder

For the "Tadka":

  • 3 teaspoons ghee (or normal butter)
  • 2 dried red chilies (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kashmiri red chili powder or Paprika


Making the Dal

  1. Rinse the lentils and soak it for 20 mins.
  2. Boil the lentils in 2 cups of water till they become squishy. Now you should have watery lentils. 
  3. Once the lentils are boiled, take a pan and add some cooking oil. To the cooking oil, add some cumin seeds and wait for it to heat up. 
  4. Add onions and sauté until onions are golden brown. 
  5. To this mixture, add the chopped tomatoes and sauté till the tomatoes are squished. 
  6. Add ginger, garlic and half a teaspoon each of paprika, coriander powder, turmeric powder, and salt to taste. 
  7. Mix everything well and add the boiled lentils. Add more water if the mix is too thick.
  8. Let it boil for 10 mins on simmer and, voila, your Dal Tadka is ready!

For the Tadka

  1. In a small pan, add ghee or butter to melt. 
  2. Then add cumin seeds and Kashmiri red chili powder. Let them splutter. Pour the Tadka inside the Dal. 
  3. Garnish with fresh coriander.


    For a Vegan recipe, you can use Olive oil or Veg butter instead of normal butter.

    Nutrition Information
    Yield 4 Serving Size 1
    Amount Per Serving Calories 125Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 8mgSodium 830mgCarbohydrates 18gFiber 6gSugar 4gProtein 6g

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