Tadka Dal
Tadka Dal
5 from 1 vote
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings: 6
This tadka dal recipe is the epitome of Indian comfort food. Enjoy this lentil recipe that requires minimal effort but provides a lot of protein and flavour.

Nutrition: per serving



Cooking Dal

  • 300 g Lentils Split Bengal Gram
  • 600 ml Water

Dal Masala

  • 50 ml Oil
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 tsp Crushed Chillies
  • 2 Bay Leaf
  • 2 Onions
  • 2 Tomatoes
  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Chilli Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • Coriander
  • 300 ml Water


  • 50 g Butter Ghee
  • 4 cloves Garlic Chopped
  • 1 tsp Chilli Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds


  • In a large pot add the lentils and the water then allow the water to come to a boil.
  • Once the water has come to a boil cover and leave to gently simmer on medium heat for 30 minutes until softened.
  • As the lentils are cooking, in a separate pot heat up the oil on medium heat until hot.
  • Add the cumin seeds, crushed chillies, and bay leaves then sauté for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  • Add the chopped onions and cook for 4-5 minutes until golden brown and soft.
  • Add the turmeric powder, chilli powder, garam masala, and salt before cooking the spices for a few more minutes – add 2 tablespoons of water to help release the colours from the spices and prevent any burning.
  • Add the tomatoes and cook for 3-4 minutes until softened.
  • Once the lentils have cooked add them along with the remaining water and then cook for 10 minutes on medium heat.
  • When the desired consistency is reached remove the pot from the heat.
  • In a separate pan add the ghee and allow it to melt. This is for the tadka.
  • Add the chopped garlic, chilli powder, and cumin seeds then sauté for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  • Add the tadka to the lentil curry – tadka can also be added upon serving if preferred.
  • Garnish with coriander then enjoy!

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