Dal Fry is usually prepared with Tur Dal (Pigeon Pea Lentil/Yellow Dal). You can also use Masoor Dal or Moong Dal. This recipe is a very simple and quick to make recipe. Dal Tadka or Dal Fry is a popular Dal preparation in the restaurants.
Tur Dal (Pigeon Pea Lentil) – ½ cup
Water – ½ cup
Turmeric Powder – one pinch
Oil or Ghee – 1 tbsp
Mustard Seed – ½ tsp
Cumin Seed – 1 tsp
Curry Leaves – from1 twig
Green Chilli – 2 (finely chopped)
Garlic Pods – 2 (crushed)
Onion – 1 (finely chopped)
Asafoetida – 2 pinch
Turmeric Powder – ¼ tsp
Lemon Juice – ½ tsp
Water – 1 to 1 ½ cup or as required
Salt to taste
Cilantro (Dhania Leaves0 – 1 tbsp
Wash and rinse the Dal. Add 1 ½ cup of water and Turmeric Powder.
Pressure cook it for 6 to 8 minutes till the Dal becomes soft. Mash the cooked Dal lightly with a whisk or a ladle. Keep aside.
Heat the Oil or Ghee in a pan. Add Mustard Seeds and allow them to crackle. Add the Cumin Seeds and Red Chilli. Fry them.
Add Onion, Green Chilli, and Curry Leaves and fry them till the Onion becomes light brown. Add the Asafoetida.
Add the mashed Dal and required water, Salt and Turmeric Powder. Stir and simmer for 4 to 5 minutes till you get a smooth consistency.
Add Dhania Leaves and the Lemon Juice.
Serve with Rotis or Nan or Jeera Rice or plain Steamed Rice.