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Saturday, April 25, 2015


Dal fry in Dhaba style 

We always enjoy Dal Fry/Tadka in High way dhabas ,this dish taste soo good and goes well with roti and Steamed Rice too 


Arhar dal (toor dal/split pigeon peas) – ½ cup
Chana Dal -Soaked for 2 hours  1/4 th Cup (optional)
Water – 1 cup + 1 cup
Oil – 2 tablespoons
Cumin seeds –   1 teaspoon
Mustard seeds - 1 tea spoon 
Curry Leaves   - Few 
Onion – 1 small or ½ cup, chopped
Ginger paste– 1 teaspoon
Garlic paste – 1 teaspoon
Green chilies – 2 small, chopped finely
Tomatoes – 1 medium or ½ cup, chopped
Turmeric powder – ¼ teaspoon
Red chili powder – 1 teaspoon
Coriander powder – ½ teaspoon
Cumin powder – ½ teaspoon
Kasoori methi (dried fenugreek leaves) – 1 teaspoon
Garam masala – ½ teaspoon
Salt – to taste
Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon
Cilantro – few sprigs, chopped finely


Wash toor dal/Arhar Dal under running cold water till water runs clear.

Soak Arhar Dal/Toor Dal + Chana Dal for about 2 hours 

Take dal into pressure cooker and add 1 cup of water. Close it with lid; put the weight on. Let it cook

on medium heat for 5-6 whistles. Let the pressure go down by itself and open the cover.

Add Little turmeric and few drops of edible oil 

While pressure is releasing, start making masala for dal fry. 

Heat the oil in a pan on medium heat. 

Once hot add cumin seeds.and mustard seeds Let them sizzle a bit.

Add chopped onions and mix. Let it cook till it becomes light brown

 Add ginger paste, garlic paste and green chilies.and curry leaves Saut√© it for 30-40 seconds.

Add chopped tomatoes. And mix. Let it cook for 1-2 minutes or till tomatoes get softened.

Add dry spices (red chili powder, turmeric powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, garam masala, 
kasoori methi) along with salt. Mix and cook for a minute. Oil will start to separate.

Add cooked dal and 1 cup of water. (Dal should be mashed into paste)

Mix and let it simmer for 5 minutes. Then switch off the gas.

Finally add lemon juice and chopped cilantro. Mix well.

And serve.  garnish  with sliced ginger and top it with butter for better taste

Note : add little Ghee or Butter to oil as this well double the taste :-) 


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Chef Mohan