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Dhaba Style Punjabi Dal Tadka

Dal Tadka is one of the most popular recipes served in Indian restaurants. A mix of moong dal and arhar dal, this is a flavourful lentil preparation from Punjab. Here is how to make it.

Ingredients 

  • 1/2 cup Arhar Dal
  • 1/2 cup Moong Dal
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp Ghee
  • 1/2 cup Onion (Chopped)
  • 1 tsp Ginger (Chopped)
  • 1 tsp Garlic (Chopped)
  • 1 tsp Green Chilli (Chopped)
  • 1/2 cup Tomato (Chopped)
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice

For tempering

  • 2 tbsp Ghee
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1/4 tsp SSP Hing
  • 2-3 Dry Red Chillies
  • 2 tsp Garlic (Chopped)
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Coriander (Chopped)

Instructions

  • Wash the dal and add it in a pressure cooker along with 3 cups of water and salt to taste.
  • Pressure cook until dal is nicely cooked.
  • Remove the pressure cooker from heat and let the pressure release. Mash the dal using the back of a ladle.
  • Heat ghee in a pan.
  • Once the ghee is hot, add onion and fry until slightly browned.
  • Add ginger and garlic and fry for a minute.
  • Add green chilli and tomato and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Now add turmeric powder and red chilli powder and the cooked dal.
  • Adjust the amount of water and salt and bring the dal to a boil.
  • Simmer the heat and let the dal cook for 4-5 minutes.
  • Add lemon juice and mix well.
  • For tempering, heat ghee in a pan.
  • Once the ghee is hot, add cumin seeds and heeng.
  • Let them crackle for a few seconds.
  • Add Dry red chillies and garlic and fry until garlic turns brown.
  • Pour the tempering over the dal.
  • Garnish with fresh coriander.
  • Serve hot.