Daal is often translated as ‘lentils’, but actually refers to a split version of a number of lentils, peas, chickpeas and so on. If pulses are split into half they are called daal.

A daal is actually a soup made from any of the available split pulses and mostly tempered with different spices. Daal is a great source of protein, fibre and iron for vegetarians. It is a part of the staple diet in almost all Indian households. The cooking techniques may differ from region to region.

Daal Tadka is a very famous dish in India, found mostly on the menu of a large number of restaurants. The daal is basically well cooked and tempered with whole spices. It is best enjoyed with jeera rice or pulao or some hot plain steamed rice.

Also, if you are fond of different varieties of daals, do try the

1) Nutri daal fry or

2) Daali Toay


For the daal:

  • 1/2 cup Tuar daal (split pigeon peas)
  • 1/2 cup Masoor daal (split pink lentils)
  • 1/4 cup Chanaa daal (split chickpeas)
  • 1 Large Onion
  • 2 Tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 12 tsp Red chilli powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp Cumin powder
  • 2 tbs Kasoori methi.
  • 1/4 cup Fresh corriander leaves
  • Salt to taste

For the first tempering :

  • 1 tbs Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1/4 Asafoetida
  • 3 Garlic cloves
  • 2 Green chillies
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves

For the second tempering :

  • 1 tbs Homemade ghee
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 2 Garlic cloves
  • 3 Dry Red Bedgi chillies
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves

For the dhungar :

  • 1 piece Charcoal


  1. To begin making the Daal Tadka, first soak all the three daals in sufficient water for about an hour.
  2. Rinse and wash the daals thoroughly. Add sufficient water and turmeric powder and pressure cook them until soft.
  3. Chop finely the garlic, onion and tomatoes and keep aside. Cut the green chillies into medium pieces.
  4. In a heavy bottomed pan, heat the oil and add the mustard seeds. As soon as they splutter add the asafoetida, chopped garlic, green chillies and curry leaves.
  5. Add the chopped onion and cook till translucent. Now add the chopped tomatoes and cook covered till soft and mushy.
  6. Add the red chilli powder and mix well.
  7. Add the cooked daal, cumin powder and kasoori methi, salt to taste and mix. Add sufficient water to get a thick consistency and bring to a boil on high flame.
  8. Switch off the flame and start heating the charcoal on direct flame. When it is hot, red embers will be seen.
  9. Place a small bowl lightly on the dal and transfer the red hot coal to it. Immediately pour a few drops of homemade ghee over the embers. Cover the pan tightly with a lid to capture the smoke in the pan itself. Keep covered for about two minutes.
  10. For the second tempering, heat a small kadhai and heat the homemade ghee in it. Add the cumin seeds. As soon as they crackle, add the chopped garlic, dry red chillies and the curry leaves. Immediately pour the tempering over the daal.
  11. Garnish with fresh chopped coriander and serve hot alongwith Jeera rice or Veg Pulav or some Paneer Vegetable Pulao or just some Roti or Parotta.


Dhungar means smoke. Giving dhungar to the daal using a charcoal, gives it an excellent flavour.

Author: tastyrecipesfrompooja

An artist by nature, I love painting, travelling to different places and photographing nature, gardening, crochet, reading, etc. It's my nature to give my best to anything and everything I do. From a person who could cook very few dishes..... I have converted myself to a person who now can cook varied dishes! I like perfection in all my work. Reading a lot of recipes, watching different famous chefs' cooking shows on television and observing their methods, techniques and tips very closely and studiously ....is what has made me a very good cook today. Though there are numerous recipes I haven't tried my hand at..... there are many other in which I have gained exerpertise only by trial and error! I still watch all interesting cookery shows on TV to gain more knowledge on cooking techniques of other cultures from here and abroad!! Nowadays, I have started adding healthy twists to my dishes as and when I can without compromising on their original taste. Started this blog to share a few recipes of mine with all other cooking enthusiasts! Happy cooking to all! 😃


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