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Dhaba Style Dal Tadka | Restaurant Style Yellow Dal

Dhaba Style Dal Tadka

Dhaba Style Dal Tadka- Restaurant Style Yellow Dal Fry
Course Curry
Cuisine Indian
Keyword Dhaba Style Dal Tadka
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Foodcow


  • 1 Cup Toor Dal Split Pigeon Pea
  • ¼ Cup Channa Dal Split Chickpeas
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon Salt give or take as per your taste

First Tadka

  • 1 tablespoon Oil
  • 1 pinch asafoetida Hing
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin Jeera
  • 2 onions-Chopped
  • 2 green chillies-Slit
  • 3-4 Garlic Cloves- Chopped
  • 1 inch Ginger- Chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Garam Masala optional
  • 1 tablespoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon Chilli Powder
  • 2 Tomatoes-Chopped
  • juice of ½ lime

Second Tadka

  • 2 tablespoon Ghee use oil as a Vegan Alternative
  • ½ teaspoon Cumin Jeera
  • 2 pinches asafoetida Hing
  • 3-4 Dried Red Chillies
  • 1 Green Chilli-Split
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger julienes
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic cloves-sliced
  • 3 Cloves
  • 1 teaspoon Red Chilli Powder


  • Coriander Leaves


  • Wash the Toor dal & channa dal.
  • Add it to the pressure cooker with turmeric, salt and 3 ½ Cups of water.
  • Pressure Cook for 4-5 whistles and let the steam escape on it's own.The toor dal will turn creamy and the channa dal will be soft but still hold shape.

The first Tadka*

  • In another pan, heat the oil.
  • Add the Cumin,once it splutters, add the asafoetida.Next spoon in the ginger, garlic and the green chillies.Let it cook for 30 seconds.
  • The chopped onions go in next. Saute till they are somewhere between golden brown to dark brown.
  • Sprinkle in the coriander powder,Chilli Powder and the Garam Masala.Roast for 10-20 seconds, then add in the chopped tomatoes.
  • If its too dry, add 1-2 tablespoon of water.Cook the masala till the tomatoes are mushy and soft.-Takes about 10-15 minutes.
  • Mix this masala with the dal.Add lime juice.

The Second Tadka**

  • In a small tadka pan or kadhai, heat the 2 tablespoon of Ghee.
  • When it starts to smoke, Add the cumin,asafetoda,ginger,garlic,Chillies-Red & Green and cloves.
  • Switch off the heat,Add the chilli powder.Mix with a spoon.
  • Pour this over the Hot Dal.
  • Garnish with coriander, and serve immediately.


The first Tadka*
This step should be done at the same time as the pressure cooker to save time.
The Second Tadka**
This is the last step, usually performed just before serving.
Also note that the amount of chilli in the dal will vary as per the strength of the garam masala and the chillies used.