Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Dal Fry !!

As simple as it can get...

An easy and basic dish that’s probably a part of everyday dining. Made in a jiffy and hassle free, I always make sure that at least one cup of cooked toor dal is stocked in my fridge (Now that’s a free tip!)

Preparation time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 10 mins
Servings: 2-3


1 cup of toor dal
1 medium sized onion (chopped fine)
3 pods of garlic (crushed)
1 green chilli (slit lengthwise)
1 medium sized tomato (chopped fine)
1/2 tsp of turmeric powder
1/2 tsp chilli powder
2 tbsp of cooking oil
salt as per taste
Water (if required)

For tempering:
½ tsp of cumin seeds
½ tsp of fennel seeds
For garnishing:
2 tbsp of fresh coriander (chopped fine)

 Wash dal thoroughly. Add 2 cups of water and pressure cook (I usually d0n’t go beyond 2 whistles so that it’s cooked but still has the moisture and is easy to mash)

 While the dal cools down, chop up the onions and tomatoes, crush the garlic pods and slit a green chilli and keep aside

Once cooled, mash the dal

Now heat 2 tbsp of oil in a kadai or a saucepan. Add the ingredients for tempering

When the seeds start popping, add the chopped onion and green chilli

Fry the onions on low flame for about 2 mins

As the onions get ready, wash and chop the coriander leaves fine for the garnish (Chop the stalks fine and add it to the tomato.. this should enhance the flavour)

Into the kadhai goes the chopped tomato and cook till they are soft. Add the garlic, salt and a tsp of chilli powder and fry for a minute. (Hmmm…savour the lovely aroma of garlic)

Pour in the mashed dal and bring to a boil. Simmer for about 5 minutes. (Add water in the right proportion but make sure it’s not watery )

Garnish it with chopped fresh coriander leaves

Serve hot with phulkas, chapathis or steamed white rice

Write in and tell me how this simple dish made fingers lick...

Yours Tastefully!!

Sending this recipe to Kiran's "Cooking with Whole foods" hosted by "Veggie Platter"


  1. looks good! this will be my next dal.

  2. I waiting for a veg Recipe from you bini........... will try tomorrow :)

  3. thank you Mriduchechi....let me know how it turns out!!

  4. great Sari....need your feedback:)

  5. Fennel seeds in dal!! Wow, Thats a new one.Am sure it must taste as good as it looks.

  6. @Sanhu: I just love the flavour of fennel:)

  7. Awesome...Awesome...Awesome... yummy... tried this dal recipe today... It was good with Rice and pulka. My hubby loved it. Thanks a lot bini :) :) :)

  8. thanks for trying my recipe Sari....am glad ur family liked it.....

  9. Guru aap mahan ho!!I stepped into the cooking arena with the dal fry and it was a success...thankyou thankyou...now folks have high expectations of me..just keep the dishes and the tips coming chechi!!!!

  10. thank you Soumi, am glad my dal fry was a success at your home too...continue the yummy cooking and am sure you'll be much appreciated in your new home too...no better way than good food to impress your man;)

  11. Beautiful... The dal looks hot and very inviting indeed:)
    Nice blog, came across from Indiblogger!

  12. Arti,thank you very much for visiting my blog. Am glad you found the dal fry interesting.I went through your blog too. you seem to been doing a lot of travelling.not really to the south. have you?