Dal fry recipe | Dal recipe | How to make dal fry

Dal fry recipe is one of the popular dal recipe in india where a mixture of tur dal or arhar dal and moong dal is cooked with onion, tomatoes and some aromatic spices. This dal fry recipe is not only very delicious but also very easy to cook at home for your family. To cook this simple dal recipe at home follow the below step by step instructions on how to make dal fry?dal fry recipe , arhar dal recipeThough in india there are various ways dal fry recipe is made just like restaurant style dal fry, dhaba style dal fry but if you want to prepare simple dal recipe but best dal fry at home then must try this arhar dal recipe.

 

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What is dal fry recipe?

This dal fry is also known as arhar dal recipe, as it is usually prepared with tur dal or pigeon pea lentils.

Just like me, you can also prepare this dal recipe by mixing arhar dal and moong dal in a 3:1 ratio; though you can use any type of lentils.

 

 
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What to serve with dal fry?

Served this dal fry with steamed basmati rice or jeera rice even rotis , butter naan and paratha go well along with some papads and some vegetable dish.

 

Dal fry vs dal tadka

If you want to know what is the difference between dal tadka and dal fry recipe. Though both of these recipes use almost the same ingredients but cooking methods is slightly different, which leads to different flavours and taste.

 

  • In a dal tadka recipe, dal or lentil is first cooked in a pressure cooker and then cooked with onions, garlic or ginger, turmeric and tomatoes. Finally tadka or tempering mixture of cumin seeds, and dried chili is made in ghee and added to the cooked dal.

 

  • In dal fry recipe, first, saute the onion and tomatoes along with spices and finally add the cooked dal and further simmered.

 

Tips to make restaurant style dal fry recipe

 

  • Choice of lentils: Always try to buy fresh lentils available from the market don’t buy any old lentils because they will take too much time to cook. Choose unpolished dal for this recipe.

 

  • Choice of tomato: Always try to use fresh ripe tomatoes which are less tangy either chopped or puree for the base of this dal fry recipe.

 

  • Cooking method: If you soak dal for at least 1 hour then it will reduce cooking time. First pressure cooks the dal and mashes it then add tempered masalas to the pan.

 

  • Spices: Use only the required amount of spices mentioned in the recipe when dal is cooked properly add kasuri methi and coriander leaves for enhancing the aroma of dal fry.

 

  • Tadka and Smoke: Though it is not necessary to give tadka or smoke in this simple dal fry if you like dhunagar method follow dal makhni recipe and for tadka follow chana dal recipe.

 

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How to make dal fry?

Here, the complete recipe for dal fry preparation is classified into three simple categories first one is making cooking lentils for dal recipe,

the second one is cooking dal fry recipe.

so, let’s make it now.

 

 

Cooking lentils for dal recipe


1.
At first, for cooking lentils in a mixing bowl pour 200 grams of dal including toor dal or arhar dal and moong dal in a 3:1 ratio.

mix arhar dal and moong dal in 3:1 ratio

  

2. Then pour water into it and wash the dal thoroughly.

wash dal throughly in water

 

3. After that drain water and again pour water and soak this dal for at least 1 hour.

soak dal completely in water

 

4. Then pour the soak dal into a pressure cooker along with a pinch of salt, turmeric powder and 600ml water.

pour soaked dal, turmeric powder, pinch of salt , water in a pressure cooker

 

5. Next close the lid and pressure cook the dal on medium flame for 5 to 6 whistle.

pressure cook the dal in medium flame 5 to 6 whistle

 

 

 

Cooking dal fry recipe

 

1. Now for the cooking dal fry recipe heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a pan, and spread it with a spatula.

heat 2 tablespoon oil in a pan

 

2. Then add 1/2 tsp of mustard seed, 1 tsp cumin seed, 1 dry red chili stir them in low flame until spices splutter.

saute mustard seed , cumin seed , dried red chili

 

 

 

3. Then add 1/8 tsp hing

add pinch of hing

 

4. Also add 8 to 10 curry leaves and saute them till they are crisp.

saute curry leaves

 

5. Add 1 large chopped onion and saute them till golden brown.

saute chopped onion till golden brown

 

6. At this stage add ginger garlic paste and cook for some time until the raw smell completely disappears.

add ginger garlic paste

 

7. Next add 2 chopped green chili

add green chili

 

 

8. After that add 2 medium size chopped tomatoes and a pinch of salt.

add chopped tomatoes and pinch of salt

 

9. Next Saute this tomato-onion mixture for at least 8 to 10 min on medium to low until the raw smell of tomatoes disappears.

saute tomato onion mixture till translucent

 

10. After that sprinkle 1 tsp red chilli powder, 1 tsp garam masala powder, 1 tsp coriander powder, 1/4 tsp turmeric powder and salt to taste.

sprinkle red chili powder,turmeric powder, garam masala powder, coriander powder

 

11. Now cook this mixture for another 4 to 5 min until the mixture gets thickened and the raw smell of the spices goes away completely.

cook tomato onion mixture till thickens

 

12. Finally pour mashed dal in the pan.

 

pour mashed dal in pan

 

13. If it is thicker then add a little amount of water sprinkle a pinch of salt then simmer the dal for some time until thicker.

sprinkle salt and cook dal till it thickens

 

14. When dal gets thickened and cooked properly check the taste of salt, then sprinkle 1/2 tablespoon kasuri methi , and mix properly.

sprinkle kasuri methi

 

15. Also sprinkle 3 tablespoons of freshly chopped coriander leaves.

sprinkle coriander leaves

 

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Dal fry recipe | Dal recipe

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This dal fry recipe is a very simple yet delicious dish, where dal is cooked in spicy onion tomato masala. Must try this simple dal recipe for your family.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
SoakTime 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes

Ingredients

For cooking lentils

  • 200 grams dal [ arhar dal : moong dal ]
  • 600 ml water [ add if required ]

For cooking dal fry

  • 3 tablespoons oil or ghee
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustad seed
  • 2 dried red chili
  • Pinch of hing
  • 8 to 10 fresh curry leaves
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped ginger- garlic
  • 1 medium size finely chopped onions
  • 2 medium-sized chopped tomatoes
  • 2 green chilies [ chopped ]
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • salt as required
  • 1/2 tablespoons kasoori methi ( dry fenugreek leaves )
  • 3 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves ( cilantro )

Instructions

how to make dal fry

  1. At first, in a mixing bowl pour toor dal or arhar dal or a mixture of tur dal and moong dal in a 3:1 ratio.
  2. Then wash the dal thoroughly and pour this dal in a pressure cooker.
  3. Also pour some water in it, close the lid and pressure cook the dal for 4 to 5 whistle on medium flame.
  4. Check the dal if you can easily press it with your finger or not.
  5. Now for cooking the dal fry recipe heat oil in a pan, and add mustard seed, cumin seed, and dry red chili.
  6. stir it in low flame until spices splutter.
  7. Then add pinch of hing and 6 to 8 curry leaves.
  8. Add chopped green chili and 1 large onion chopped, saute the onions till golden brown.
  9. At this stage add ginger garlic paste and cook for some time until raw smell completely disappears.
  10. After that add 2 medium size chopped tomatoes and a pinch of salt.
  11. Next, Saute this tomato onion mixture on medium to low until the raw smell of tomatoes disappears.
  12. After that sprinkle red chilli powder, garam masala powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and salt to taste.
  13. Now cook this mixture until it gets thickened and the raw smell of the spices goes away completely.
  14. Finally pour mashed dal into the pan.
  15. If it is thicker then add a little amount of water and simmer the dal for some time until thicker.
  16. When dal gets thickened check the taste of salt, then sprinkle kasuri methi and freshly chopped coriander leaves.

    Notes

    Dal Fry Recipe Note

    1. Pour water depending upon the dal consistency you like.

    Nutrition Information

    Yield

    3

    Serving Size

    3

    Amount Per Serving Calories 434Total Fat 22gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 17gCholesterol 11mgSodium 670mgCarbohydrates 47gFiber 16gSugar 10gProtein 17g

    Disclaimer: The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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