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

A super easy, super delicious restaurant style dal fry! You’ll never need another dal fry recipe again! This has been my go-to recipe for years, it’s definitely a family favorite. We make it almost every week. It’s a staple recipe.
Course Main Course
Cuisine North Indian, Punjabi
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 2 -3 servings
Calories 182kcal
Author Kanan


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
  • 1 small Green chilies chopped finely
  • 1 medium or ½ cup 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


Pressure cooking the dal:

  • Wash arhar dal under running cold water till water runs clear.
  • Take washed dal and 1 cup of water in a pressure cooker. Cover with the 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:

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



Calories: 182kcal | Carbohydrates: 11.8g | Protein: 3.1g | Fat: 14.4g | Saturated Fat: 1.9g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 606mg | Potassium: 166mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2.9g
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 serving
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