Tadka Dal or Chana dal- Recipe

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Tadka Dal or Chana dal- Recipe


Cooking Time

Preparation Time :10 Min

Cook Time : 30 Min

Total Time : 40 Min


Serves : 4
  • 1 small cup chana dal

  • 1 chopped onion

  • ½ tsp coriander powder

  • ½ tsp chilly powder

  • ½ tsp turmeric powder/Haldi

  • ½ tsp cumin seeds/jeera

  • salt as per taste

  • 1 tbsp ghee or oil

  • 4 cups water for cooking the dal


  • Clean and wash the dal Boil the dal with the salt, turmeric powder, and water. Cook in the pressure cooker for at least 6 to 7 whistles. Open the cooker and check if the dal is done. If it is watery then let it boil on an open flame till the water evaporates. Mix the dal nicely with a ladle.
  • Transfer the dal to a serving bowl. Next, take a small pan for the tempering. Add the ghee and once it is hot add the cumin seeds. Once they crackle add the chillies. Then add the finely chopped onions and sauté till they are nice and golden
  • Add the red chilli powder and coriander powder and switch off the flame. Serve this yellow Dhaba style dal with steamed rice, jeera rice or Rotis, onion wedges and papad. I just pour it over steamed rice and dig right in. If you want to increase the flavour then lavishly pour a tablespoon of raw ghee over the dal and then feel the taste!