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Dal Fry Recipe

Abhijit Dey
Looking for a traditional Dal fry recipe, then try this authentic Dal Fry. This recipe is made with Toor dal, Moong Dal, and Masoor Dal, also have some unique steps that get you awesome feelings.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 people
Calories 230 kcal


  • Pressure Cooker
  • Pan


  • 1 cup Pigeon Pea or Toor Dal (or Arhar Dal)
  • 1 cup Red Lentil or Masoor Dal
  • 2 tbsp Small Yellow Lentils or Moong Dal
  • ½ tbsp Cumin seeds
  • 1 piece Onion chopped
  • tbsp Garlic finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp Ginger finely chopped
  • 2 pieces Green chili chopped
  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 2 tbsp Coriander leaves finely chopped
  • tbsp Turmeric Powder
  • ½ tbsp Black Pepper powder
  • 2 tbsp Ghee
  • 2 pieces Dry Red Chili
  • 1 tbsp Red chili powder
  • ½ tbsp Asafoetida or Hing
  • Salt as per taste
  • 1 tbsp Sugar optional


  • First, take 1 cup of Toor Dal or Arahar Dal, 1 cup of Red Lentil or Masoor Dal, and 2 teaspoons of Moong Dal or Small Yellow Lentils in a pressure cooker. Now wash well in cold water. If needed, wash repeatedly so that the lentils are clean.
  • Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and close the lid of the pressure cooker. Put it on gas over medium heat till 3 whistles. Then open the lid of the cooker. [Note: – After 3 whistles, turn off the gas and keep the lid of the cooker open. Because if you keep the lid closed, the lentils may melt.]
  • Chopped the necessary vegetables i.e. onion, green chillies, ginger, garlic, coriander leaves, and put them in separate containers.
  • Now heat oil in a pan. Now add 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds in it and fry.
  • When you get a nice aroma of cumin, add chopped ginger, garlic, and green chili and fry a little.
  • Then add the chopped onions that you keep aside before.
  • Add 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder, it will help to bring beautiful color and flavor to this recipe.
  • Add 1/2 tbsp of red chili powder, 1/2 tbsp of black pepper powder and stir a little. This time add 1 teaspoon of butter. After that take 1 minute to saute.
  • Now add the cooked lentils and mix well. Add salt to taste. You can also add a little sugar at this time but it's totally optional.
  • Add chopped coriander leaves and cook for 2-3 minutes. The initial stage of your dal fry is ready. You can serve it now if you want. In fact, many people also serve at this stage. Actually, it is the common Dal fry that everyone made in the home. The twist is coming from the next step.
  • Now place the prepared dal in a serving bowl or a separate container.
  • Heat 2 tbsp ghee with 1 tbsp oil in a pan again. Add 2 red dried chilies, 1/2 teaspoon crushed garlic, and 1 teaspoon asafoetida.
  • Add 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder and 1/2 teaspoon hot spices powder. No need to fry too much, after a little fry you will see a nice pungent smell.
  • Then take it and spread it on the bowl. This simple and small step will take your recipe to a whole new level.


  • You can add a little Kasuri Methi powder (dry fenugreek leaves powder) to this recipe if you want. Fenugreek will help bring a nice flavor.
  • In the case of hot spice powder, use home-made spices and you will see that there is an authentic feeling.


Calories: 230kcal
Keyword Dal, Dal Fry
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