Easy Restaurant Style Dal Tadka Recipe

Easy Restaurant Style Dal Tadka Recipe

2-3 people
10 mins



Hey there, food lovers! Chef Ajay Chopra here, ready to take you on a culinary journey to the heart of India with a soul-satisfying dish—Dal Tadka! This dish holds a special place in my heart because it reminds me of my childhood spent in bustling kitchens filled with the aroma of spices and the sound of sizzling tempering.


I still remember the first time I tasted a bowl of piping hot Dal Tadka in a small roadside eatery during one of my culinary adventures. The rich flavors, the creamy texture, and the hint of smokiness from the tempering instantly won me over. Since then, I've been on a quest to recreate that same magic in my own kitchen, and I'm excited to share my restaurant-style recipe with you today.


Now, let's dive into the world of aromatic spices and hearty lentils as we whip up a delicious batch of Dal Tadka!



Easy Recipe of Restaurant Style Dal Tadka




  • Water for Boiling
  • ¼ cup Millets, soaked
  • ¼ cup Jowari, soaked
  • ¼ cup Barley, soaked
  • ¼ cup Chana Dal, soaked
  • ¼ cup Green Moong, soaked
  • ¼ cup Black Urad, soaked
  • ¼ cup Moong Dal, soaked
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder

For The Tadka:

  • 1 tbsp Ghee
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1 Green chilli, chopped
  • 1 tsp Garlic, chopped
  • 1 tsp Ginger, chopped
  • 1 Dry red chilli
  • ½ tsp Hing
  • 1 tsp Fennel Seeds
  • ¼ cup Water
  • 1 tbsp Coriander Powder
  • Coriander for garnish





  1. In a pan, add water and bring it to a boil. Add all the overnight soaked pulses: millets, jowari, barley, chana dal, green moong, black urad, and moong dal. Also, add salt and turmeric powder. Mix well.

  2. Cover the pan and let the pulses cook until mushy for about 18-20 minutes.

  3. Remove the lid and check the consistency. If needed, add more water and bring it to a boil.

  4. For the tadka, heat ghee in a pan. Add cumin seeds, chopped green chilies, chopped ginger, chopped garlic, dry red chili, hing, and fennel seeds. Allow them to crackle a bit.

  5. Add water to the tadka and then add the cooked dals. Cook for 2-3 minutes.

  6. Stir in coriander powder and garnish with coriander leaves.

  7. Serve hot, garnished with farsan and a drizzle of ghee. Enjoy your delicious restaurant-style dal tadka!




About the Recipe


Dal Tadka is a classic Indian dish made from lentils cooked until creamy and flavorful, then tempered with aromatic spices. This restaurant-style version elevates the humble lentil dish to new heights with its rich, creamy texture and bold, complex flavors.


To make Dal Tadka, we start by cooking lentils until they're soft and mushy. Traditionally, yellow lentils (toor dal) or split pigeon peas are used, but you can use any variety of lentils you prefer. Once the lentils are cooked, we prepare the tempering (tadka) by heating ghee or oil in a pan and frying a mixture of spices until fragrant. This tempering is then poured over the cooked lentils, infusing them with layers of flavor.


The result is a comforting and nourishing dish that pairs perfectly with steamed rice or Indian breads like naan or roti. Whether enjoyed on its own or as part of a larger Indian meal, Dal Tadka is sure to warm your soul and tantalize your taste buds.



Cooking Tips


  1. Use Fresh Spices: For the best flavor, use freshly ground spices rather than pre-ground ones. Toasting whole spices before grinding them can also enhance their flavor.
  2. Adjust the Consistency: Adjust the consistency of the dal by adding more water or simmering it for longer if you prefer a thinner consistency.
  3. Enhance the Flavor: To enhance the flavor of the dal, add a pinch of kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves) or a squeeze of lemon juice just before serving.
  4. Experiment with Temperings: Get creative with the tempering by adding ingredients like curry leaves, chopped onions, or even garlic for additional depth of flavor.
  5. Don't Skip the Ghee: While oil can be used as a substitute, ghee adds a rich and buttery flavor to the dish that is characteristic of authentic Dal Tadka.



Pairing Guide


Dal Tadka pairs well with a variety of accompaniments, enhancing the overall dining experience. Here are some delicious pairing suggestions:


  • Steamed Rice: Serve Dal Tadka with steamed basmati rice for a classic and comforting combination.
  • Indian Breads: Enjoy Dal Tadka with freshly baked naan, roti, or paratha for a satisfying and filling meal.
  • Pickles and Chutneys: Accompany Dal Tadka with a side of tangy pickles or spicy chutneys to add a burst of flavor to each bite.




Frequently Asked Questions


  1. What lentils are used to make Dal Tadka? Traditional Dal Tadka is made with yellow lentils (toor dal) or split pigeon peas, but other lentils like masoor dal or moong dal can also be used.

  2. Can I make Dal Tadka without tempering? While the tempering (tadka) adds flavor and aroma to the dish, you can skip it if you prefer a simpler version of Dal Tadka.

  3. Is Dal Tadka vegetarian? Yes, Dal Tadka is a vegetarian dish made from lentils, spices, and aromatics, making it suitable for vegetarians.

  4. Can I make Dal Tadka ahead of time? Yes, Dal Tadka can be made ahead of time and reheated before serving. Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

  5. How do I thicken Dal Tadka? To thicken Dal Tadka, simmer it uncovered for longer or mash some of the lentils with the back of a spoon to achieve the desired consistency.

  6. Can I freeze Dal Tadka? Yes, Dal Tadka freezes well. Allow it to cool completely, then transfer it to freezer-safe containers and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

  7. What spices are used in the tempering for Dal Tadka? The tempering for Dal Tadka typically includes cumin seeds, mustard seeds, dried red chilies, garlic, and asafoetida (hing).

  8. Can I make Dal Tadka spicy? Yes, you can adjust the spice level of Dal Tadka by adding more or fewer dried red chilies or green chilies according to your preference.

  9. Is Dal Tadka gluten-free? Yes, Dal Tadka is naturally gluten-free as it does not contain any wheat or gluten-containing ingredients.

  10. Can I add vegetables to Dal Tadka? Yes, you can add vegetables like tomatoes, onions, carrots, or spinach to Dal Tadka for added flavor and nutrition. Simply sauté the vegetables along with the tempering before adding them to the cooked lentils.