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Tadka Dal
Tadka Dal is simple and delicious dish which can be used for serving at parties and is one of the popular dish available in most of the Dhabas. Tadka means tempering with ghee, mustard, cumin seeds and flavored with onions, garlic, red chilies, green chilies etc. You can put any tempering that you like. You can also add saunf (fennel seeds), asafetida (hing) to you tempering.
Tadka Dal is a North Indian style of preparing lentils where the cooked lentils, usually red gram lentils (tuvar dal) or split moong lentils, are tempered with spices. This lentil preparation has the warmth of the spices added to it, but not the fire. In Indian cooking, tempering is added to the boiled lentils just before serving the food.
The result is an undeniably Indian flavor and aroma. There are probably many versions of this dal region wise or as per your liking and taste who prepare the dal. Some add ginger and garlic as well.  Usually in North India they also add the amchur powder (powder of dried mango), to give the dal a slight tangy taste. You could substitute this with a little tamarind paste or add a finely chopped tomato instead.
The taste would be a bit different but just as good. Its very rare that there is any Indian kitchen without the lentils or beans. Lentils are vital ingredient in every day’s cooking. It is a part of the daily menu. It is not surprising considering that lentils and beans are the primary source of protein, especially for the vegetarians.
Dal (dried lentils, peas or beans) which are been stripped of their outer hulls and split. It also refers to the thick stew prepared from these, an important part of Indian, Nepali, Pakistani, Sri Lankan, and Bangladeshi cuisine. It is regularly eaten with rice and vegetables in Southern India, and with both rice and roti (wheat-based flat bread) throughout Northern India & Pakistan.
Dal is a ready source of proteins for a balanced diet containing little or no meat. To prepare the Tadka Dal, boil the dal and mix salt as per your taste and keep aside. Take a pan, add little ghee, mustard, cumin, dry red chillies, curry leaves, crushed garlic and mix well then add chopped onions, hing (asafetida), turmeric, green chilies and mix well.
Lastly add the boiled dal and add water if required and bring to boil. The consistency of the dal can be made as per your liking. Dal is generally eaten as accompaniment to Roti or Steamed white rice. Tur Dal or split Pigeon peas are generally used in preperation of this dish. Tadka Dal is a delicious warming comfort food and simple food for the kids to eat too. Its highly nutritious and a must dish to be given to growing children.
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Tadka Dal

Author : Admin

Published On : May 27, 2009

Preparation Time: 7 min

Recipe Type : Veg-Main

Cooking Time : 25 min

Standing Time : 5-8 mins

Yield : 4 (4 servings)

Ingredient : Toor Dal

Description : tadka of your choice added to dal

Recipe of Tadka Dal

Ingredient Name Unit Quantity
cumin seeds
curry leaves
green chillis
mustard seeds
red chilli dry
as per taste
turmuric powder
Directions | How to make Tadka Dal  Boil Dal and mix salt as per your taste and keep a side Take a pan add ghee,musrtad,cumin,red chilli dry, curry leaves, garlic and mix well then add chopped onions, hing,turmuric,green chillis mix well now add the boiled dal and if required add water and bring to boil. Can make thin consistency by adding more water and bring to boil.    

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