Dal tadka recipe, Restaurant style

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Dal tadka recipe, Restaurant style (How to make dal tadka)

The dal tadka making process is divided into three parts –

  • A mixture of arhar dal, moong dal and masoor dal is pressure cooked with onion, tomato and spices.
  • Then dhungar method is used to give the smokey flavor.
  • At the end, cumin garlic flavored tadka/tempering/chaunk is poured into the dal to perk up its flavor.

Check out other dal recipes
Dal fry  //  Dal makhani  //  Arhar dal fry


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1) Take toor dal, moong dal and masoor dal.

2) Wash them under running cold water till water runs clear or rinse them with cold water for 3-4 times. Keep it aside.
Dal tadka recipe, Restaurant style (How to make dal tadka)

3) Heat the 1 tablespoon of oil in a pressure cooker. Once hot add onion and sprinkle little salt.

4) Mix and saute for 2-3 minutes or till the onions become translucent or light pink in color.
Dal tadka recipe, Restaurant style (How to make dal tadka)

5) Now add ginger paste, garlic paste and green chili.

6) Mix and cook for a minute or till the raw smell of ginger garlic goes away.
Dal tadka recipe, Restaurant style (How to make dal tadka)

7) Add tomatoes and mix.

8) Cook till tomatoes are soft and almost mushy.
Dal tadka recipe, Restaurant style (How to make dal tadka)

9) Add remaining salt, turmeric powder, red chili powder and garam masala.

10) Mix and cook for a minute.
Dal tadka recipe, Restaurant style (How to make dal tadka)

11) Now add washed dal.

12) add 1 ½ cups of water, stir.
Dal tadka recipe, Restaurant style (How to make dal tadka)

13) Cover the cooker with lid, put the weight on and cook for 5-6 whistles on medium heat. Let the pressure go down by itself and then open the lid.

14) Using spatula slightly mash and stir the dal. Add another ½ cup of water. You may or may not need this extra water. Adjust the water quantity as per the dal consistency. And let it simmer for 3-4 minutes.
Dal tadka recipe, Restaurant style (How to make dal tadka)

15) Now for dhungar or smoking method. Heat the charcoal on the direct flame. Use the rack and tongs.

16) Keep turning and heating till it gets smokey, hot and red. Place that hot charcoal in the small steel katori or bowl.
Dal tadka recipe, Restaurant style (How to make dal tadka)

17) Place that katori in the center on the dal.

18) Add ¼ teaspoon of garlic paste on hot charcoal.
Dal tadka recipe, Restaurant style (How to make dal tadka)

19) And drizzle ¼ teaspoon of ghee. As soon as ghee heats, the smoke will come out.

20) Immediately cover with the lid to trap all the smoke. Keep it covered for 2-3 minutes and let the flavor get infused. You can increase the smoking time as per your liking. But start with 2 minutes and taste. Increase the smoking time if required more smokiness. Once done, remove the katori with the help of tongs.
Dal tadka recipe, Restaurant style (How to make dal tadka)

21) Let’s prepare the tadka. Heat the ghee in a small pan on medium heat. Once hot add cumin seeds and let them sizzle.

22) Then add smashed garlic cloves and dry red chilies. Saute for a minute. You will notice the chilies will get darker color.
Dal tadka recipe, Restaurant style (How to make dal tadka)

23) Now add hing and turn off the stove.

24) Add this tempering to the dal. Dal tadka is ready to serve
Dal tadka recipe, Restaurant style (How to make dal tadka)

Don’t forget to check out below for tips and variations.

Serving suggestions: Serve dal tadka with plain, steamed rice or jeera rice. It can be served with mild flavored pulao like veg pulao, matar pulao. This can be served with roti, paratha.
Notes:

  • For smoking the dal aka dhungar method, I HIGHLY suggest to use natural lump charcoal. Never ever dare to use instant light charcoal briquets. Those have chemicals in them and we don’t want that smell of chemical in the dal. I am saying this from my experience, trust me.
  • With this smoking method, you can play with different flavors. I wanted the garlic flavor in my dal tadka, so I used garlic paste over the hot charcoal. You can try with only ghee. Or substitute the garlic with cloves or garam masala powder.
  • If you don’t like the smoky flavor in this dal then skip that step entirely.
  • Here I have used mixture of three dals. You can use only one or only two. Anyway it will taste good.
  • In the tempering aka tadka, ghee is highly recommended. This gives rich flavor to the dal. You can use oil too, but flavors will be compromised.
  • If making for guests then you can make the dal ahead of time minus tadka. At the time of serving make the tempering and serve. This way it tastes much better.

Dal tadka recipe, Restaurant style (How to make dal tadka)

Dal tadka recipe, Restaurant style (How to make dal tadka)
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Restaurant style Dal tadka recipe

US measuring cups are used (1 cup = 240 ml)
Course Main Course
Cuisine North Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 2 servings
Calories 269 kcal
Author Kanan

Ingredients (1 cup = 240 ml)

For pressure cooking:

  • ¼ cup Arhar dal (toor dal or split pigeon peas)
  • 2 tablespoons Yellow moong dal (split and skinless)
  • 2 tablespoons Masoor dal
  • 1 tablespoon Oil
  • 1 small or ½ cup Onion chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger paste or freshly grated or crushed
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic paste or freshly grated
  • 1 Green chili slit
  • 1 small or ½ cup Tomato chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon Red chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Garam masala
  • 1 ½ + ½ cups Water

For dhungar or smoking the dal:

  • 1 small piece Natural lump charcoal
  • ¼ teaspoon Garlic paste or freshly grated
  • ¼ teaspoon Ghee (clarified butter)

For tadka

  • 2 tablespoons Ghee (clarified butter)
  • ½ teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 1 large or 2 small cloves Garlic crushed or smashed
  • 2 Dried red chilies
  • a pinch or ⅛ teaspoon Hing (Asafoetida)

Instructions

Pressure cooking the dal:

  1. Take toor dal, moong dal and masoor dal.
  2. Wash them under running cold water till water runs clear or rinse them with cold water for 3-4 times. Keep it aside.
  3. Heat the 1 tablespoon of oil in a pressure cooker.
  4. Once hot add onion and sprinkle little salt.
  5. Mix and saute for 2-3 minutes or till the onions become translucent or light pink in color.
  6. Now add ginger paste, garlic paste and green chili. Mix and cook for a minute.
  7. Add tomatoes and mix. Cook till tomatoes are soft and almost mushy.
  8. Add remaining salt, turmeric powder, red chili powder and garam masala. Mix and cook for a minute.
  9. Now add washed dal and add 1 ½ cups of water, stir.
  10. Cover the cooker with lid, put the weight on and cook for 5-6 whistles on medium heat.
  11. Let the pressure go down by itself and then open the lid.
  12. Using spatula slightly mash and stir the dal. Add another ½ cup of water.
  13. And let it simmer for 3-4 minutes.

Making dhungar:

  1. Heat the charcoal on the direct flame. Use the rack and tongs.
  2. Keep turning and heating till it gets smokey, hot and red. Place that hot charcoal in the small steel katori or bowl.
  3. Place that katori in the center on the dal.
  4. Add ¼ teaspoon of garlic paste on hot charcoal.
  5. And drizzle ¼ teaspoon of ghee. As soon as ghee heats, the smoke will come out.
  6. Immediately cover with the lid to trap all the smoke.
  7. Keep it covered for 2-3 minutes and let the flavor get infused.
  8. Once done, remove the katori with the help of tongs.

Making tempering for dal tadka recipe:

  1. Heat the ghee in a small pan on medium heat.
  2. Once hot add cumin seeds and let them sizzle.
  3. Then add smashed garlic cloves and dry red chilies. Saute for a minute.
  4. Now add hing and turn off the stove.
  5. Add this tempering to the dal.

Notes

*Nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 serving

Nutrition Facts
Restaurant style Dal tadka recipe
Amount Per Serving (373 g)
Calories 269 Calories from Fat 176
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19.6g 30%
Saturated Fat 8.6g 43%
Cholesterol 32mg 11%
Sodium 611mg 25%
Potassium 422mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 19.4g 6%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Sugars 2.8g
Protein 5.9g 12%
Vitamin A 23%
Vitamin C 18%
Calcium 5%
Iron 13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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