Dal Tadka

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Dal Tadka is cooked lentils tempered with spices and herbs. It is one of the most popular Indian dishes. It can be served with cooked brown rice or roti.

Serving 4-6


Boil Dal (lentils) in a half litre of water. Cook  Dal till it is soft for about 15-20 minutes.

Simultaneously, in a pan dry roast jeera (cumin), red chilies, cloves, onions and green chilies for 2-3 minutes. Add tomatoes cook for 2 minutes. Add salt, turmeric, jeera powder, chili powder and 1 cup of water, cook for 3 minutes.

Add cooked dal.  Squeeze in the lemon juice. Cook for 5 minutes and garnish with coriander leaves or cilantro (optional).


1 cup of moong dal (mung bean) or yellow lentils or orange lentils
1/4 teaspoon of Jeera (cumin)
2 red chilies
1 onion, finely chopped
2 green chilies, finely chopped
2 tomatoes, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of turmeric
1/2 teaspoon of Jeera (cumin) powder
1/2 teaspoon of chili powder
1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice (from about 1/2 of a lemon)