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Recipe for Tarka Dal

Recipe for Tarka Dal

(Ref: RCP143)

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Yellow Dal or Dal Tadka is a commonly known Dal recipe in Indian Cusine. Dal is nothing but dried lentils. This is eaten with either Rice or any Indian Bread. Dals are a very good source of protein in a Vegetarian diet!



Preparation Time:

15 mins

Cooking Time:

20 mins


Toor Dal - ½ Cup
 Water - 3 Cups
 Garlic finely chopped - 1 tsp
 Ginger finely chopped - 1 tsp
 Green Chillies slit - 1 or 2
 Red Chilli Powder (Optional) - 1 tsp
 Asafoetida - ¼ tsp
 Turmeric - ¼ tsp
 Oil - 2 tbsp
 Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
 Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp
 Few Curry Leaves
 Salt to taste
 Coriander Leaves (Cilantro) chopped for garnishing


• Soak Toor Dal in Water for 10-15min as this would make the Dal soft and decrease the cooking time.

• Pressure cook the Dal and wait for the pressure to be released completely and then open the Cooker.

• Heat Oil in a pan, add Mustard Seeds and allow it to splutter. Then add Cumin Seeds, Asafoetida, Turmeric Powder, Green Chillies and Ginger-Garlic. Then add Curry Leaves and stir for few seconds.

• To this add the cooked Dal. Add some Salt and mix well. Simmer and cook for few minutes.

• Garnish with Coriander Leaves and serve hot with Rice or Naan!


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