Masoor Dal Tadka | Dal Tadka with masoor dal | Dal Recipes

Comforting, homely and rich in protein, masoor dal tadka
09/22/2018 6:53:54 PM vindhyadesai

Masoor Dal Tadka

Dals as I always say are the most sought-after comfort food on earth. They are rich in protein and go with rice or roti. But the most important part about dal is they have to be really flavourful. By flavourful we mean not spicy or laden with oil but balanced and subtle. This masoor dal tadka is a very balanced and flavourful dal.
Dals in our Indian cuisine are always special, almost every home has a special way of preparing it. Some like it sour, some like it spicy and some like it bland. Whatever is the flavour, it is a common feature in our menu. Masoor dal tadka is a very common dal prepared in North Indian households.

Masoor dal tadka is also very simple to prepare. Protein-rich masoor dal is pressure cooked, a few simple masalas are added and finally an aromatic tadka with oil or ghee is added on top. Here I have used coconut oil as I had run out of desi ghee. It has to be ghee for a special flavour always! Try more dals from FOI:
Dhaba Style Dal Fry
Simple Dal Tadka
Dal Palak
Special Dal Makhani

Masoor Dal Tadka | Dal Tadka with masoor dal | Dal Recipes
 
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Comforting, homely and rich in protein, masoor dal tadka
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Recipe type: Lunch
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 3-4 people
Ingredients
  • ½ Cup heaped masoor dal
  • ¼ Tsp hing
  • ¼ Tsp turmeric
  • 1 tomato chopped
  • ½ Tsp jeera
  • 1 Tbsp desi ghee/oil
  • 1 Tsp jeera
  • ⅛ Tsp hing
  • ½ Tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 chopped clove of garlic
  • 1" finely chopped ginger
  • ½ Tsp garam masala
  • Salt to taste
  • Finely chopped coriander to garnish
  • Juice of ½ lime/lemon
Method
  1. In a vessel, take the masoor dal
  2. Rinse dal with water twice
  3. Add turmeric, jeera and hing
  4. Add ghee or oil
  5. Drop in the chopped tomatoes
  6. Pour 2 Cups water and pressure cook for 5-6 whistles
  7. Once the pressure settles on the pressure cooker, mash the dal and tomatoes together
  8. Bring to a simmer
  9. Add salt to taste and garam masala, mix well
  10. Add chopped coriander and mix well
  11. Squeeze in juice of lime/lemon and mix well
  12. In a pan heat oil or ghee. Add jeera, red chilli powder, garlic and ginger
  13. Saute very well, this is the tadka
  14. Lastly pour the tadka over the dal, bring to a light boil
  15. Serve hot with peas pulao, jeera rice or plain rice
Notes
You can also choose to saute chopped tomatoes in ghee along with the tadka and add it to the dal

Adjust spiciness as per your taste, add a green chilli if you like

Ensure dal is cooked well and mashed

Masoor Dal Tadka Stepwise:
In a vessel, take the masoor dal
Rinse dal with water twice
Add turmeric, jeera and hing
Add ghee or oil
Drop in the chopped tomatoes
Pour 2 Cups water and pressure cook for 5-6 whistles
Once the pressure settles on the pressure cooker, mash the dal and tomatoes together
Bring to a simmer
Add salt to taste and garam masala, mix well
Add chopped coriander and mix well
Squeeze in juice of lime/lemon and mix well
In a pan heat oil or ghee. Add jeera, red chilli powder, garlic and ginger
Saute very well, this is the tadka
Lastly pour the tadka over the dal, bring to a light boil
Serve hot with peas pulao, jeera rice or plain rice

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