dal fry served in white bowl.

Dal fry recipe with step by step photos and a video recipe. Dal is the term used in Indian language for legumes ( (lentils, beans, and peas). It may be whole or split. Dal fry is prepared in the form of thick lentil soup made with onion, tomatoes and various spices.

Actually dal fry become popular from dhaba (roadside eateries) and was slowly adapted in the restaurants’ menu. Today dal fry is one of the popular dish ordered in many Indian restaurants.

Dal fry can be served with Indian flatbread (like Roti’s or Chapatis) or with plain rice. Jeera rice and dal fry are perfect combinations. Dal fry and Jeera rice are our family favorite and I make it once in a month. You can make it for guests or for special occasions too.

In this post, I am sharing the recipe to make Dal fry at home. This dal fry tastes better than the restaurant style dal fry. A simple and quick restaurant style dal fry recipe that can be made within 30 minutes.

Tips to make perfect restaurant style dal fry recipe at home:

  1. Use ghee (clarified butter) for the tempering. It enhances the flavor and taste of dal fry.
  2. Dal fry has a thick consistency. Do not make it too thin or else you will not get the exact taste of dal fry.
  3. Addition of kasoori methi gives dal fry a unique flavor. Do not skip it. Whenever you add kasoori methi, slightly roast it and crush it with your palms then add it to the gravy.

Difference between Dal fry and Dal tadka?

When dal fry is made tempering is done before adding the cooked dal. While making dal tadka tempering is done at the end.

While making dal tadka onions are not added while making dal fry onions are added.

Which dal is used to make dal fry?

Dal fry can be made only with Toor dal (split pigeon peas) or with a combination of Toor dal, chana dal (Split Bengal Gram), and moong dal (Split and skinned green gram).

I like to make it with toor dal only but you can try the combination too. In some Dhaba style dal fry the combination of dal (toor dal, chana dal & moong dal) is used.

How to make dal fry recipe with step by step photos:

Preparations to be done:

Pressure cook the toor dal

  1. Rinse toor dal with water for a couple of times.
  2. Put the toor dal in a pressure cooker. Add water, turmeric powder and oil to it. Mix it well.
  3. Close the lid of the pressure cooker. Cook it for 3-4 whistles. Switch off the flame.pressure cooking toor dal to make dal fry recipe
  4. Once cooled, mash the dal with a ladle. Keep it aside.mashing the cooked dal with a ladle to make dal fry
  5. Chop the onion, tomatoes, green chili, and coriander leaves. Keep it aside.

Making the dal fry

  1. Heat 2 tsp of ghee/clarified butter in a Kadhai/Indian wok.
  2. Add mustard seeds and let it splutter.
  3. Now add cumin seeds, asafoetida, curry leaves, dried red chilies & fry it for a minute.
  4. Add chopped onions and fry it till onions are translucent.tempering the dal to make dal fry
  5. Add ginger-garlic paste and saute till the raw smell of ginger & garlic leaves.
  6. Next, add coriander powder, red chili powder & garam masala powder and saute it for a minute.
  7. Add the tomatoes, green chili, and salt. Mix it. Cover and cook till tomatoes are soft. This will take 3-4 minutes.cooking the tomatoes until soft to make dal fry
  8. Now add 1 cup water and cooked toor dal. Mix it well.
  9. Add kasoori methi and coriander leaves. addition of kasoori methi and coriander leaves to make restaurant style dal fryMix it well. Cover and cook till it comes to a boil.dal fry is ready to serve
  10. Dal fry is ready to serve. Serve it with Jeera rice or Roti/Chapati.
dal fry served in white bowl.
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dal fry recipe, how to make restaurant-style dal fry at home

Dal fry recipe – Dal fry is prepared in the form of thick lentil soup made with onion, tomatoes and various spices.
Course Main
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 244kcal
Author Preeti Nayak

Ingredients

To pressure cook the dal

  • 1 cup Toor dal/Tuvar dal/Split pigeon peas
  • 2 cup water (to pressure cook the dal)
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder (haldi powder)
  • 1 tsp oil

For making dal fry:

  • 2 tsp Ghee/clarified butter
  • ½ tsp mustard seeds (rai)
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1 spring curry leaves
  • a pinch asafoetida
  • 2 dried red chilies
  • 2 onions chopped
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tsp coriander powder (dhania powder)
  • 1 tsp red chili powder (lal mirchi powder)
  • 1 tsp garam masala powder
  • 3 tomatoes
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 green chili chopped
  • 1 tsp kasoori methi
  • 2 tbsp coriander leaves chopped

Instructions

Preparations to be done:

  • Pressure cook the toor dal – Rinse toor dal with water for a couple of times.
  • Put the toor dal in a pressure cooker. Add water, turmeric powder and oil to it. Mix it well.
  • Close the lid of the pressure cooker. Cook it for 3-4 whistles. Switch off the flame.
  • Once cooled, mash the dal with a ladle. Keep it aside.
  • Chop the onion, tomatoes, green chili, and coriander leaves. Keep it aside.

Making the dal fry

  • Heat 2 tsp of ghee/clarified butter in a Kadhai/Indian wok.
  • Add mustard seeds and let it splutter.
  • Now add cumin seeds, asafoetida, curry leaves, dried red chilies & fry it for a minute.
  • Add chopped onions and fry it till onions are translucent.
  • Add ginger-garlic paste and saute till the raw smell of ginger & garlic leaves.
  • Next, add coriander powder, red chili powder & garam masala powder and saute it for a minute.
  • Add the tomatoes, green chili, and salt. Mix it.
  • Cover and cook till tomatoes are soft. This will take 3-4 minutes.
  • Now add 1 cup water and cooked toor dal. Mix it well.
  • Add kasoori methi and coriander leaves. Mix it well. Cover and cook till it comes to a boil.
  • Dal fry is ready to serve. Serve it with Jeera rice or Roti/Chapati.

Video

Notes

  1. Addition of curry leaves is optional.
  2. Make sure the consistency of dal fry is thick. Do not make it too thin.
  3. Use ghee/clarified butter for the tempering. It enhances the flavor of dal fry.
  4. You can reduce the quantity of tomatoes and add lemon juice.

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