Restaurant Style Dal Tadka Recipe

Learn how to make different Recipe with chef Meghna.

Dal tadka recipe or dal fry recipe is the most simple and the most popular dish served in all Indian restaurants and roadside dhabas. Not only in restaurants, but you will also find a plain dal in every Indian kitchen. North India has its special Restaurant-style dal tadka recipe which is made with toor dal and chana dal. This simple dal fry recipe can turn any meal into a special meal. No matter what, if you are dining at a restaurant or having a normal dining routine at home this restaurant style dal tadka recipe is a must-have delicacy. 

Wondering how to make dal tadka recipe at home? It's quite easy to recreate a restaurant-style dal tadka recipe yourself as it doesn’t require fancy ingredients. You can find all the basic ingredients required for this dal fry at your nearby grocery store. Let's get started !

    25 Mins
    Chef Meghna
    2-3 People


1 Cup Yellow Dal (Arhar / Toor )
1 tsp Turmeric Powder (Haldi)
1 small finely chopped onion
1 chopped tomato (optional)
Salt as per taste
1/2 tbs Ghee 
1/2 tsp Asafoetida (Hing powder)
1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds (Jeera)
2 cloves of Garlic finely chopped
1 tsp Kashmiri Red Chili Powder
1 fresh Green Chili finely chopped
2 dry Red Chillies
1/2 tsp Garam Masala
Coriander leaves for garnishing


Take soaked yellow (Toor / Arhar) dal
Add 1 tsp Turmeric Powder (Haldi)
Add 1 small finely chopped onion
Adding Tomato is optional
Add 1/2 cup water
Add salt per taste
We are making a lighter version
so we will do tempering (tadka) just once
Restaurants usually do 2-3 times tempering (tadka) & make it very heavy
Close the lid on the pressure cooker
and wait for 2-3 whistles
Let the cooker cool down
Open the lid and keep the heat on
Keep dal little chunky - not too mushy
Just add 1/4th cup water
Keep cooker aside and let it boil
Time to prepare the Tadka (Tempering)
Take 1/2 tbs Ghee
Add 1/2 tsp Asafoetida
Add 1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds
Add 2 cloves of Garlic
Let it brown a little
Add 1 Green Chili finely chopped
Add 2 Dry Red Chilies
Add 1 tsp Kashmiri Red Chili Powder for Color
Add 1/2 tsp Garam Masala 
Mix well
Tadka is now ready
In a serving bowl take the boiled dal that we have prepared
Sprinkle Tadka over boiled dal
Garnish with coriander leave
Enjoy Dal Fry or Dal Tadka restaurant-style recipe in a healthier version at home.

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