Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Meri Waali Dal Tadka!

Most of my cooking skills come from my Mom and when it comes to basic dishes I have her on my beck & call. She is an awesome cook and her cooking style is simple yet there is something about the way she cooks that even the simplest dishes come to life under her and though I love everything that she cooks but her dal’s are out of the world.
Fortunately for me I have picked up right genes from her and learned the right way to make dal her way. Whenever I carry it to lunch not a single scrap is left and there are always queries as to how do it make it. I am not being immodest here but the truth is that there is something in the way that my dal comes out that it becomes finger licking tasty! So here I am to share with you a simple recipe of making dal my way!
Arhar daal -          1 cup
Water -                1.5 cup approx
Turmeric Powder- 1 teaspoon
Salt -                   To Taste
For Tadka
Ghee -                     One generous spoon
Jeera -                     1 Teaspoon
Asafoetida -              A pinch
Garlic -                     3-5 cloves finely chopped
Ginger -                   ½ inch piece finely chopped
Onion -                     1 finely chopped
Green Chilly -            1 finely chopped – (Optional)
Tomato -                   1 finely chopped
Curd -                       1 teaspoon
Malai -                      1 teaspoon (Optional)
Garam Masala Pwder- 1 tsp
Red Chilly -                To taste
Lemon Juice -             1 & ½ Tsp
Cilantro leaves for garnishing
Pressure cook the daal adding salt & turmeric powder to it.

Once that is ready take a vessel, add the ghee and once it is hot add the Asafoetida & jeera to it. Once that starts dancing away to glory add the chopped ginger garlic mix. Let it cook for 2- 3 minutes and then add the chopped onions & green chilly.

As the onion turns light brown add the tomato and then give them some moments of solitude together by covering the vessel. Once the tomato is all soft soft add the curd & malai and bhunofy the mix for 2-3 mins. As the ghee starts leaving the masala throw in the chilli powder & the garam masala powder.

Now pour the daal in it, add the lemon juice & cilantro leaves and your daal is ready to be served.
We serve this alongwith subji, roti & rice! You can also alternatively cook the tomato with the daal and skip adding it in the tadka, this is how I do it daily.


  1. Definitely going to try this one!

  2. Curd in daal!!

    Now this is a completely new thing...have to try it out :)


    1. Do try & do tell kaisi bani :)

    2. Even I hear curd in daal for the first time... Sounds intresting....:-)

  3. Bhabhi .. when are you going to invite me for mega lunch :D... <3 :)

    1. lol!!! U need an invitation? Hmmmm you are welcome any time dear...:)

  4. Another proof that we share similarity in our cooking styles :)
    Yum it is and we too do it quite similarly :)

    1. hehehe I thought so :)m good to see u here after such a long time

  5. Have never tried curd and malai in a dal... will definitely try it out!!

    1. And do tell me how it turns out :)

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    3. Making it tonight! Will let you know soon! :)

    4. It was absolutely yummy! Everybody loved it! Thanks for sharing :))

  6. Nice will give it a try :)

  7. Curd!!! I am going to try this on my mama who is a big fan of daal tadka :)

  8. This recipe was truly a blessing. I was never able to find a recipe which TH approves totally. He acknowledged that it tasted almost like the Dal tadka we buy from nearby restaurant.

    I am much more grateful because it is difficult to satisfy TH who is a Keralite with a north Indian taste bud :)

    I skipped the malai, but I used curd :) Keep the recipes coming.

  9. I made this recipe minus garlic and malai and it tasted so yummy! :) Thanks for the recipe!