Daal fry

Daal/dal fry can be made in many different ways. But I always loved the thick daal fry that my pachi(mom’s sister) used to make. It was very simple and was very tasty. She used to serve it with peas pulav or jeera rice. This combination is my favorite. I don’t know her recipe, but this is what I make these days after a lot of trial and error. One of my readers asked for this, so here it is.

1 cup toor daal
1/2 tea spn ginger-garlic paste
1/2 cup onion
4-5 green chilies
4-5 curry leaves
1/2 tea spn mustard seeds
1/2 tea spn cumin seeds
A pinch turmeric
1/4 tea spn cumin powder
1/2 tea spn coriander powder
2-3 strands coriander leaves(optional)

Cook toor daal with a pinch of turmeric and green chilies till it becomes soft.
Heat oil and fry ginger-garlic paste, onion till onions turn translucent. Add daal, salt, coriander powder, cumin powder and cook for 5-6mins. Do not add too much water, this daal should be thick.
Heat ghee, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds. When they start popping, add curry leaves. Pour this seasoning over daal. Garnish with coriander leaves(optional). Serve hot.

Serves : 2-3
Preparation time: 20mins

22 thoughts on “Daal fry”

  1. I make this in a slightly different way. Add tomatoes along with onions, add lemon juice and coriander leaves for garnishing, minus the coriander seeds. Add cut finely ginger and garlic, this gives a special taste.

    All who have eaten this yellow dal tadka have liked it very much and tell me that they cannot make the way i do. Try this too sometime. You will love it!!!!!

  2. wow this is so simple.i don’t know dal fry is so simple we make dal of all kinds but we don’t use these spices only chilli powder and salt.thanks this is nice and good will surely try.looks delicious.

  3. It will b good n tasty but if u want spicy then add some mirch powder or sambar powder it will add the taste otherwise that dall is for Patient who dont want to eat anything tikha

  4. Megha, if you need it spicy, the green chilies can be increased. Usually red chili powder or sambar powder is not added to it. But again, it all depends on individual taste.

  5. Dear Shilpa,

    First Time to visit your site, you have made my day and I will surely recommend it all my friends & relatives.
    Thumba Santhosha dinda – Nammaskara Nemage
    May God Bless You.

  6. Shilpa..hi..my sil makes one version of moong dal fry learnt from her punju friend. Its simple too..cook the moong daal and churn it..shdnt be watery..take ghee, add mustard, jeera, green chillies, minced garlic, kadipatta, one small onion chopped-fry till its transculent, add cooked daal, adjust salt.Try it some time..its too delicious! (Tks for your version too!) HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

    Shilpa: Hmm..looks something like muga dali saru that I prepare. I will have to try with kadipatta and other seasoning though.

  7. You have a exhaustive collection of recipes. Couple of times I visited your recipes and tried them. It has worked wonders. Thanks a lot to you.

    I would like to remove 3 items from the above recipe and add one. The one to be added is a tea spoon of garam masala powder. This would give a nice fragrance. The items to be removed are coriander powder, cumin powder and mustard seeds. These 3 give the prominent fragrance of sambar to the recipe.

  8. I love this blog and I refer to this most of the time before starting any of the “difficult Recipes” and it has helped me a lot to cook best tasting food ever!! But I haven’t seen a recipe for veg Jalfrazi? Have you tried it anytime? Can you please post it? I love to eat it but don’t know how to cook it.

  9. Actually i was looking for chana daal recipe.I just wanted to know if i can use same recipe and use chana daal instead of toor daal ,otherwise recipe looks great.

  10. Hi Shilpa,

    I came upon your site when I was searching for egg puff recipe. I have bookmarked your site, and search it often. This dal fry was great! and my husband really loved it! It was tastier than the one we get from the hotel!!! Thanks again!

  11. hi,

    i thought its very hard process to prepare this daal but infact its easy and takes short time to cook this…surely i’ll try this and surprise my family members 🙂


  12. Rajesh Shanbhag.

    I live in Abuja, Nigeria. Your typical Indian recipes are really helping me to explain to our house girl here. They are so simple that house girls can pick them up very easily. I am relishing Indian cusine even in absence of my family. Thanks Shilpa.

  13. I know this is an old post but this is for other people who find this and would like other people’s thoughts on this. I’m just an average American cook who loves authentic recipes and had to try this when I found it so I made it for dinner tonight since I keep a fully stocked Indian kitchen. This was absolutely fantastic when served with peas pulav! A real treat that I will definitely make again. I’m so happy I found this site and plan on making more Konkani recipes.

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