Cook Time :40 Min | Servings : 3 Persons

Dhal fry is a very famous north Indian dish. Normally called as, ‘Tadka dhal Fry’ meaning seasoned lentil fry, seasoning the cooked dhal. It is served in most of the Indian restaurants. Any dhal varieties can be used to cook this dish. In a typical south Indian family, dhal will be cooked at least once a week. Dhal is rich in nutrients. When I was a kid, I remember harvesting dhal from our farms. They will be mixed with red soil and kept covered in the floor ( not sure, why ) for 1 or 2 days, cleaned thoroughly and cooked. Dhal with shells on is rich in fiber, my grand mother never split them before cooking.
If the cooked dhal turns out too thick, add little hot water to get your required consistency. Season the cooked dhal 5 min before serving, for a betterĀ  taste. Add a little ghee to give it that extra taste. I became a fan of dhal fry since I started working.

Ingredients :
Toor Dhal/ Yellow Pigeon Peas 1/4 cup
Moong Dhal / Split Green Gram 1/4 cup
Channa Dhal / Split Chickpea Lentil 1/4 cup
Water 3 cups
Ghee 1/4 tsp
Hing / Asefoetida a pinch
Turmeric 1/4 tsp
Onion 1/2 no
Cumin Powder 1/2 tsp
Coriander Powder 1 tsp
Garam Masala 1/2 tsp
Red Chili Powder 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
For Seasoning :
Ghee 1 tbsp
Mustard 1/2 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/2 tsp
Hing / Asefoetida a pinch
Green chili 2 nos
Curry Leaves 1 strand
Ginger and Garlic 1 tbsp
Red chili 2 nos
Coriander Leaves / Cilantro 2 stks
  1. Step 1

    Soak dhals in water for 30 min. Pressure cook them by adding 3 cups of water and salt for 3 whistles. After the pressure is released mash them gently. Chop the onion given in the section 1. Split open green chili. Chop the coriander leaves. Chop the ginger and garlic into a fine pieces.

  2. Step 2

    In pan heat ghee given in the 1st section. When hot, add 1st section of chopped onion, turmeric, hing and fry till onion turns brown. Add the coriander powder, Cumin powder and garam masala. Fry for 30 sec – 1 min in medium flame. Add the mashed dhal, If the dhal is too thick add little hot water. Allow it to mix up well on stove for 2-3 min.Check for the salt, if required add them.

  3. Step 3

    In the meanwhile, in another nonstick pan, heat ghee given in the 2nd section. When hot, Add the mustard and the cumin seeds. When they splutters, add asefoetida. Add the chopped ginger and garlic and fry for 1 min in medium flame. Add the curry leaves, green chili, red chili and fry for 30 sec.

  4. Step 4

    Add the seasoning to the cooked dhal. Garnish with Coriander Leaves.

Tips :
  • Any kind of dhal can be used to cook dhal fry.
  • Adding chopped ginger and garlic gives a nice aroma and tastes great.
  • Adding ghee to dhal in a small amount tastes heanly. If ghee is not preffred oil can also be used.
  • Any other seasoning can also be used as preffered.

(*) Recipe best suites with naan, chapathi and roti.