Dal Tadka

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Dal Tadka is a staple of Punjabi cuisine and is commonly served as a side dish to roti, naan or jeera rice. Made with lentils, this creamy and smooth dal is a popular restaurant dish and can be made easily at home.

Serve the dal on its own as a comfort food or with rice, roti or jeera rice.

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Dal Tadka Recipe

Dal Tadka is a Punjabi dish that is very popular in restaurants across the country.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: North Indian, Punjabi

Ingredients for Dal Tadka

  • 3 cup Moong Dal
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 5 Green Chillies chopped
  • 3 to 4 Garlic Cloves chopped
  • 3 tsp Lime Juice
  • as per taste Salt
  • handful Coriander Leaves chopped
  • handful Curry Leaves chopped
  • 2 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 2 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 2 tblsp Ghee
  • 1/4 tsp Asafoetida Powder

How to make Dal Tadka

  • Pressure cook the dal, adding 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, until 1 or 2 whistles.
  • Heat ghee in a pan.
  • Fry the cumin seeds and mustard seeds for 30 seconds.
  • Add the asafoetida powder, green chillies and garlic.
  • Fry for a minute or two.
  • Now add the cooked dal and salt.
  • Cook for 5 minutes.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and curry leaves.
  • Add lime juice and serve hot with roti or rice.

This recipe was first published on Oct 28, 2007 and has been updated on June 29, 2020.


  1. indian vegetarian recipes

    Looks very good. In north india , we use cumin and onion , garlic fry and do not use fenugreek and mustard seed. Though in south india , mustard seed is used.

  2. very tasty dal tadka

  3. would have liked something more exotic

  4. I have many recipes and you all are awesome with all your post. Thank you..

  5. good

  6. good

  7. rashmi karode

    good one

  8. Nidhi pandya

    I made this Dal Tadka after reading this ur recipe..and it cooked awesome….everyone loved it..Thanks..

  9. excellent recepie tried by me

  10. the dal is excelent and very tasty.

  11. its simple and tasty

  12. tried myself first at home great taste- naveed ATL

  13. jaishree makwana

    the receipe was OK but not up to the mark.

  14. Chris Wallace

    Thanks a ton. It’s damn good

  15. ok ok

  16. Very nice

  17. Robert Almeida

    Very good in taste

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