Tarka Dal/Tadka Dal


Torka/Tadka Dal

Torka/Tadka Dal

Tarka Dal/Tadka Dal

By August 13, 2016

Author: Zurana Masud
Recipe type: Sides
Cuisine: Bangladeshi, Indian
Serves: 6 people

Prep Time : 10 minutes. Cook Time : 20 minutes




  • Wash and soak the lentil for 30 minutes. Drain and keep aside.
  • In a pressure cooker, add 2-3 cups of water and add the three lentils/dals, a pinch of turmeric powder and salt, then pressure cook up to 3 whistles.
  • If cooking over stove top, cook till the dals are almost cooked. Mash the dals lightly. Keep aside.



  • Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan, add chopped onion, garlic and stir fry for few minutes. Add the chopped tomatoes and saute for 3-4 minutes.
  • Next add ginger, turmeric powder, coriander powder and cook until oil is separated from spices.
  • Then mix cooked dal and mix well. Add 1 cup of water  and cook on medium heat without lid till you get the consistency of your choice. At that time mix roasted cumin powder and mix well.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl and ready for tempering.



  • Heat ghee in a small pan, add the cumin seeds, mustard seeds and as they splutter, dry red chilies, and curry leaves and saute for a few secs. Turn off heat and pour this over the dal.
  • Serve with paratha or naan or steamed rice.


  • You cook any kind of lentil with this recipe.
  • If you like, add some torka masala. But it is very optional.
  • In this recipe curry leaves are also optional.
Torka/Tadka Dal

Torka/Tadka Dal

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