Organic Dal Tadka - Restaurant style
What Ingredients do you need to make Organic Dal Tadka?
For the dal
- 1/2 cup Organic Masoor dal
- 1/2 cup Organic Yellow moong dal
- 1 or 2 green chilies - chopped or slit lengthwise
- 1 medium-sized onion - finely chopped
- 2 medium-sized tomato - chopped
- ½ inch ginger - grated or chopped ginger (optional)
- 1 teaspoon Organic Turmeric powder
- 1 to 2 pinch garam masala powder
- 1 pinch asafoetida
- 2.5 cups water for pressure cooking
- 1 teaspoon crushed Kasuri methi
- 1 or 2 tablespoon cream (optional)
- 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves
- salt as required
For the Tadka
- 2 tablespoon Pure A2 Ghee
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 5 to 6 garlic cloves - finely chopped
- 2 to 3 dry red chilies
- a generous pinch of asafoetida
- ½ teaspoon red chili powder
Steps to make Dal Tadka
Step 1 - Preparing the Dal
- Wash the masoor and moong dal with water
- Add both the dal to a pressure cooker
- Add chopped onions, tomato, green chilies, ginger in the pressure cooker along with the dals
- Add 2.5 cups of water
- Add turmeric powder and asafoetida
- Stir and pressure cook for 4 whistles on high flame and 15 minutes on low flame.
- Mash the dal with a whisk or bilona
- If the dal looks thick, then add some water to get a medium consistency
- Simmer the dal for 3 to 4 minutes.
- Add cream (optional), Garam Masala Powder, Crushed Kasuri Methi, chopped Coriander leaves and salt.
- Mix all the ingredients well.
Step 2 - Making the Tadka
- Heat desi ghee small Kadhai.
- Add cumin seeds and fry them.
- Add red chilies, asafoetida and chopped garlic. Let the garlic brown and the red chilies change color.
- Add red chili powder, stir and switch off the stove
- Pour the entire tempering along with the oil/ghee into the dal. The whole red chilies will work as a classic garnish for the crowd-pleaser.
- You can serve this dal with Steamed Organic Basmati Rice, Ghee rice, Rotis or Plain chapatis.
A tip: Always fry the spices in ghee or oil at a low flame. This way you don't burn them.
Author: Gayatri D. Email
Business: Yoga Instructor
"I am a very ardent food lover and love Dhaba food. Every time I used to go out for trips with my family, I always ordered Dal Tadka with tandoori roti. It was my favorite as a kid as well. A few years ago I went inside the kitchen of a Dhaba in Chandigarh and asked the chef how to make this Dal at home. Since then I always make this dal for guests and they absolutely love it."
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