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Dal fry

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Dal fry is popular restaurant favorite. Ghee is used for tampering which give nice richness to this dal dish. More ghee you use, more flavorful it becomes. I used masoor dal and moong dal combination (same as author). It is very quick and easy to make. It is best accompaniment for roti or paratha or plain rice or jeera rice (my favorite). So get in your kitchen and make this dal fry. Enjoy yourself or with family.


Enjoy, everyone!

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Dal fry
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Category: Dal
Yield: 4
  • Spit masoor dal – 1 cup
  • Split moog dal (skinless) – ¼ cup
  • Ginger paste – 1 teaspoon
  • Garlic paste – 1 teaspoon
  • Green chilies – 2, slit
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ teaspoon
  • Asafoetida – ⅛ teaspoon
  • Ghee (clarified butter) – 2 tablespoons
  • Mustard seeds – ½ teaspoon
  • Nigella seeds – ½ teaspoon
  • Dry red chili – 1
  • Onion – 1 medium, chopped
  • Tomato – 1 medium, chopped
  • Red chili powder – ½ teaspoon
  • Salt - to taste
  1. Combine both dals and wash them in running cold water until water runs clear.
  2. In a pressure cooker, take washed dal, ginger paste, garlic paste, green chilies, turmeric powder, asafoetida and salt. Add 3 cups of water and mix.
  3. Close the pressure cooker. Put the whistle on. Turn on the heat on medium and cook it for 2 whistles. Let the pressure go down by itself
  4. Heat the ghee in a pan on medium heat.
  5. Add mustard seeds and nigella seeds. Let them pop. Then add dry red chili. Let it cook for 30 seconds. Then add chopped onions. Sauté them till they become translucent.
  6. Add tomatoes and sauté those till tomatoes become soft. It will take about 3 minutes. Then add red chili powder and cooked dal. Mix well. Bring the dal to a boil. Let it cook for 1 minute. Adjust the salt. Turn off the heat.
  7. Serve hot.
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Categorized under Dals, Dals / Beans, Gluten Free, Healthy Recipes, Nuts Free, Punjabi

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  • Chris November 1, 2014, 12:06 pm

    I like especially the nigella seeds in this one.
    But personally I vary the ratio mung dal/masoor dal to 1:1

    • Kanan November 5, 2014, 1:56 am

      Thanks Chris, it will also taste good with 1:1 ratio

  • Jasmine Pushpa Roja June 2, 2012, 7:14 am

    looks good…attractive colour..

  • Devi May 9, 2012, 1:00 am

    Wow.. nice yummy dal.. never tried pressure cooking the dals with ginger garlic paste.. next time will try that way.. increases the flavor I guess..

  • Hema April 9, 2012, 4:36 pm

    Love this flavorful dal..

  • Gayathri April 5, 2012, 2:01 pm

    simple and comforting dhal

  • daksha April 4, 2012, 2:02 am

    I like Dal fry and u done deliciously …..Looks super!!

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  • Vidhya Jayadeep April 3, 2012, 11:17 pm

    Love dal in any form and this sure sounds yummy.

  • Rasya Srinath April 3, 2012, 6:57 pm

    love the mix of different lentils..simple & nice..:)

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  • reena vimesh April 3, 2012, 6:06 pm

    yummy dal fry healthy and delicious

  • Anisha April 3, 2012, 4:02 pm

    I love Dal… perfect comfort food.

  • hemalata April 3, 2012, 11:17 am

    Dal fry looks so yummy n delicious, perfect combo with paratas

  • yummychunklet April 3, 2012, 7:01 am

    Looks delicious. I’ll have to make this when I try my hand at homemade roti!

  • Amelia April 3, 2012, 4:17 am

    Hi Kanan, this curry look so good and tempting. I would love to dip in bread or roti prathas.

    Have a nice day.

  • sumi April 3, 2012, 3:35 am

    Thats what I call perfect comfort food..Yummy:)

  • faseela April 3, 2012, 1:28 am

    awesome dal fry….yum

  • Sayantani April 2, 2012, 7:41 pm

    one of our staple dinner item. looks delicious.

  • Rathai April 2, 2012, 7:09 pm

    This curry looks really inviting and delicious! There’s nothing quite like a bowl of dhal.

  • jeyashrisuresh April 2, 2012, 2:46 pm

    very simple and comforting dal. Loved ur version

  • maha April 2, 2012, 2:33 pm

    yummy yummy dal fry vl try this……nice one..