Tadka Dal
Quick and easy everyday Dal recipe – Vegan too!
Servings Prep Time
4people 10mins
Cook Time
Servings Prep Time
4people 10mins
Cook Time
  • 250gms Moong dalWashed in water and drained
  • 1.5litres water
  • 1tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1tsp turmeric powder
  • 0.5tsp Asafoetida
  • 1tsb cumin
  • 1long green chillislit
  • 8-10 curry leaves
  • 1medium onionpeeled and chopped fine
  • 1medium tomatochopped fine
  • 2-3pods garlicchopped
  • 1/2inch Gingerjuliennes
  • Salt to taste
  • Handful Coriander leaves +stems – washed & cleaned
Recipe Notes
  1. Add the moong dal with twice the amount of water, salt and turmeric to a saucepan. Cook on a medium flame for roughly 350-40 minutes or till the moong dal is cooked and is squishy soft.
  2. In another pan, heat the vegetable oil on a medium flame. When the oil is hot, add the cumin seeds and roast for 1 min.
  3. Then add in the asafoetida and curry leaves and roast for a min.
  4. Add in the green chilli, ginger and garlic and cook till brown.
  5. Tip in the the onions and add a little salt. This ensures that all the onions get cooked uniformly and quickly.
  6. Once the onions are browned, add in the tomato and cook till oil separates from the tomato.
  7. Now add in the cooked moong dal and stir well. Add salt to taste and bring to the boil.
  8. You may have to add water to the dal – this is based on how you would like the consistency to be. Some like their dals thick while some like it slightly soupy.
  9. Take off the heat and garnish with the chopped coriander leaves, serve hot with rice or rotis.

P.S. If you have a pressure cooker, you may want to cook the moong dal in it. To ensure the dal is cooked, make sure you let atleast 3-4 whistles blow on the cooker.