Dal tadka or Yellow Dal Tadka is a favourite of all. It is simple to prepare and the magic comes from the tadka.



Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Yields: 2.5 cups Servings


For Dal

  • Masoor dal – 30gms/2.5tbsp
  • Moong dal – 65 gms/5.5tbsp
  • Toor dal – 100gms/ 8tbsp
  • Water – 5 cups
  • Salt – to taste
  • Green chilly chopped – 1 no
  • Ginger chopped – ½tbsp
  • Turmeric – ½tsp

For tadka

  • Ghee/oil – 1 tbsp
  • Cumin (Jeera) – 1 tsp
  • Garlic chopped – ½tbsp
  • Onion chopped – 2 tbsp
  • Green chilly chopped – ½no
  • Red chilly Powder – ½tsp
  • Tomato chopped – 1/4 cup
  • Salt – to taste
  • Boiled dal – 3/4 cup
  • A dash of water


  • Mix all the 3 dals. Wash and soak them for 20 mins. Drain the water and add the dal in a deep pan along with 4cups of water, 1/2tsp salt, green chilly ginger chopped and turmeric. Boil the dal till dal is tender and gets mashy. remove and keep aside. For the tadka heat a pan and add ghee. Sprinkle asafoetida and dry red chilly. Stir and add cumin, once it crackles add the boiled dal. Add a dash of water if the dal is very thick. Season with salt and finish with freshly chopped coriander. Twist a lemon and remove the dal from heat and serve.