Smoky Flavoured Dal tadka-Restaurant Style Dal Tadka Recipe

dal tadka

Preparation time-40 minutes


  • Toor dal (spilt pigeon peas )-200 gm
  • Chopped onion-1 (large)
  • Chopped tomato-1 (large)
  • Green chilli-2 (slit)
  • Garlic clove (peeled)-8 to 10
  • Finely chopped ginger-2 inch
  • Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
  • Red chilli powder-1/3 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Cooking oil-2 tbsp
  • Chopped coriander leaves
  • Charcoal-1 (for smoky flavour)

For Tadka:

  • Asafoetida (hing)-1/4 tsp
  • Dry red chilli (tadka chilli)-2
  • Finely chopped garlic- 5 to 6
  • Cumin seeds- 2 tsp
  • Kasuri methi (fenugreek leaves)-1 tsp
  • Ghee-2 tsp


  • Turn on the flame and heat a pressure cooker without lid.
  • Add cooking oil and let it heat, add green chilli, garlic cloves and chopped ginger, fry it for few seconds.
  • Add chopped onions, fry it for 2-3 minutes on medium flame.
  • Add chopped tomato, fry it till it turns soft (keep stirring ).
  • Add washed toor dal and fry it for 1-2 minutes on medium flame.
  • Add 2.5 glass of water, turmeric powder and salt, stir it.
  • Close the lid, boil it for 3 whistle on medium flame.
  • Turn off the flame and let the pressure cooker cool down, open it and stir.

Tadka preparation:

  • Heat a tadka pan, add ghee and let it heat.
  • Add hing, cumin seeds, chopped garlic, dry red chilli, kasuri methi and little red chilli powder.
  • Fry it for 1/2 minute on medium flame, turn off the flame.
  • Put the tadka into the cooked dal carefully, close the lid of the cooker for 5 minutes.
  • Open the pressure cooker, add chopped coriander leaves , stir it.

For Smoky Flavour:

  • Heat a charcoal on stove, heat it till it turns red.
  • Put the burnt charcoal in a bowl carefully, pour 1 tsp ghee on it.
  • Immediately, put the bowl inside the cooker and close the lid for 15 minutes.
  • Open the pressure cooker and take out the charcoal bowl carefully from it.
  • Ready to serve with plain rice or jeera rice.



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