Dal Fry Recipe (Restaurant style)

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Dal fry recipe – boiled split pigeon peas are cooked with onion-tomato and spices. This is restaurant style dal fry recipe.

Dal Fry Recipe | How to make Restaurant style Dal fry recipe

Toor dal or arhar dal is used to make this dal fry. But you can also make using other dal e.g. Moong dal frychana dal Fry or you can make using mix of dal like this dal fry recipe.

It is very easy and simple to make. If you follow the recipe and use proportion of ingredients exactly as mentioned, I bet it will taste exactly same as restaurant one.

For making this punjabi dal fry, onion-tomato is cooked with some spices. Then boiled toor dal is added. Then it is simmered for few minutes so all the flavors will get mingle. Finally drizzle some lemon juice and sprinkle coriander leaves. Dal fry is ready to serve.

Whenever we go to the North Indian restaurants we end up our dinner with dal fry – jeera rice or dal tadka – jeera rice. Dal fry and dal tadka are the two popular dal dishes that served in Punjabi restaurants. We order dal makhani very rarely because hubby likes this homemade one.

Dear husband never gets satisfied by taste of dal fry in Indian restaurants in USA except few restaurants. Most of the restaurants here have “Americanized” taste in Indian food. It usually have mild flavors which we do not like at all. We like spicy (not that spicy but definitely not mild) and rich food when it comes to restaurant food. After disappointment in many restaurants’ food taste, I usually try to make popular restaurant recipes at home. For that I have referred many cookbooks and come up with this recipe. It is exact restaurant style dal fry that we get in India.

Even though I made it restaurant style, I have not used whole lot of oil like outside food. So it healthy and you can make it on everyday basis too.

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1) Wash arhar dal under running cold water till water runs clear.

2) Take washed dal and 1 cup of water in pressure cooker. Cover with lid, put the weight on. Turn the heat on medium. Let it cook for 5-6 whistles or till dal becomes soft. Let the pressure go down by itself then open the lid. Keep it aside.
Dal Fry Recipe | How to make Restaurant style Dal fry recipe

3) Heat the oil in a pan on medium heat. Once hot add cumin seeds. Let the sizzle a bit.

4) Then add chopped onions. Cook till onions are soft and light pink in color.

5) Then add ginger paste, garlic paste and chopped green chili.

6) Saute for a minute or till the raw smell of ginger garlic goes away.
Dal Fry Recipe | How to make Restaurant style Dal fry recipe

7) Then add chopped tomatoes and mix.

8) Cook till tomatoes are soft.

9) Then add red chili powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder, garam masala and kasoori methi.

10) Mix well and cook for a minute.
Dal Fry Recipe | How to make Restaurant style Dal fry recipe

11) Then add cooked dal and 1 cup of water.

12) Mix well and bring it to a boil. Then let it simmer for 5 minutes.

13) Then turn off the stove. Add chopped cilantro. Also squeeze some lemon juice.

14) Mix well. Remove it to a serving bowl.
Dal Fry Recipe | How to make Restaurant style Dal fry recipe

If not serving right away then keep it covered. So it stays warm till the time of serving. Make this dal fry in your kitchen and let me know how you like it.

UPDATE: Recently I tried to do the dhungar at the end similar to my dal makhani recipe. The taste was beyond my expectation. Just wow. Do give it a try, I am sure you will like this smokey flavor in this dal fry recipe.

Serving suggestion: Serve dal fry with plain rice or jeera rice (version#1, version#2). It can be served with any mild pulao like vegetable pulao, mushroom pulaogreen peas pulao, corn pulao or capsicum pulao. You can served it as a side with paratha as well.

Dal Fry Recipe | How to make Restaurant style Dal fry recipe

Dal Fry Recipe | How to make Restaurant style Dal fry recipe
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Dal Fry Recipe (How to make Restaurant style Dal fry recipe)

US measuring cups are used (1 cup = 240 ml)
Course Main Course
Cuisine North Indian, Punjabi
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Yield 2 -3 servings
Author Kanan

Ingredients (1 cup = 240 ml)

To pressure cook the dal:

  • ½ cup Arhar dal (toor dal or split pigeon peas)
  • 1 cup Water

For dal fry:

  • 2 tablespoons Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 1 small or ½ cup Onion chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger paste or freshly grated or crushed
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic paste or freshly grated
  • 2 small Green chilies chopped finely
  • 1 medium or ½ Tomato chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon Red chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon Coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon Cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon Kasoori methi (dried fenugreek leaves) lightly crushed between your plam
  • ½ teaspoon Garam masala
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon juice
  • few sprigs Cilantro or coriander leaves chopped finely

Instructions

Pressure cooking the dal:

  1. Wash arhar dal under running cold water till water runs clear.
  2. Take washed dal and 1 cup of water in pressure cooker. Cover with lid, put the weight on. Turn the heat on medium. Let it cook for 5-6 whistles or till dal becomes soft. Let the pressure go down by itself then open the lid. Keep it aside.

Making dal fry recipe:

  1. Heat the oil in a pan on medium heat. Once hot add cumin seeds. Let the sizzle a bit.
  2. Then add chopped onions. Cook till onions are soft and light pink in color.
  3. Then add ginger paste, garlic paste and chopped green chili.
  4. Saute for a minute or till the raw smell of ginger garlic goes away.
  5. Then add chopped tomatoes and mix.
  6. Cook till tomatoes are soft.
  7. Then add red chili powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder, garam masala and kasoori methi.
  8. Mix well and cook for a minute.
  9. Then add cooked dal and 1 cup of water.
  10. Mix well and bring it to a boil. Then let it simmer for 5 minutes.
  11. Then turn off the stove. Add chopped cilantro. Also squeeze some lemon juice.
  12. Mix well. Remove it to a serving bowl.

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