Dal Tadka Recipe – Restaurant Style | Lasooni Dal Tadka Recipe

restaurant style punjabi dal tadka recipe

Dal tadka recipe (दाल तड़का रेसिपी), one of the most iconic creations of the Indian cuisine that has its admirers beyond the cultural borders. India is the country that has the largest number of vegetarians in the world. It only makes sense that restaurants that serve only vegetarian food exist across the length and breadth of the country. When you browse through their menus, you will find a huge variety of dals or vegetarian lentil dishes occupying the prime spot. Dal tadka is something that sells like hot cakes. It’s a dish that is palatable to everyone. I haven’t come across a single soul that would say no to a platter of piping hot well-made jeera rice and dal tadka.

Why is this Dal Tadka Recipe the Best?

Okay I might be bragging a little here, but you have to trust me. This is hands down the best dal tadka recipe on the internet that you can made at home. I am not saying so because it is my recipe. This recipe is a concoction of the myriad of experiences that I have had with dal tadka ever since I was little. The Punjabi dal tadka at the restaurants always had a very memorable, distinctive flavor that was hard to put a finger on. Along my culinary journey over the past few years, I discovered that it was the smoky flavor from the coal!

Besides, my Dad cooks amazing dal fry. He adds coriander seeds and fennel seeds/saunf to it. I took inspiration from his dal fry recipe and incorporated these two things in the tadka/tempering. And of course, dal tadka is incomplete without tons of garlic.

So that’s how I summed up all my accounts and came up with this amazing, super-fragrant dal tadka recipe. It goes well with chapatis, tandoori roti, and naan. But if you want to enjoy dal tadka to the fullest, serve it up with jeera rice. If you blindfold someone and make them taste this fabulous dal tadka, they will assume that you ordered it from the best restaurant in town. It’s a real treat for your senses.

The Principle of Making a Good Dal Tadka

If you have guests coming over for lunch or dinner, include the dal tadka recipe in your menu and you guests will be thoroughly impressed. Not everyone can make a good dal. But with some practice, you will prepare dal tadka like a pro. Always remember one thing; whenever you make any kind of dal, be generous with the amount of spices, oil, and the other tempering ingredients. Only then can you make a spectacular dal.

Now let’s take a look at the dal tadka ingredients and the method with step by step pictures. Also, here is the dal tadka recipe video on our YouTube Channel. Don’t forget to subscribe, share, and give it a thumbs up.

How to Make Restaurant-Style Dal Tadka at Home?

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Dal Tadka Recipe - Restaurant Style | Lasooni Dal Tadka Recipe
 
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Dal Tadka – A restaurant-style recipe starring smooth and velvety dal adorned with an extremely aromatic, earthy tempering for garlic and red chilies. A delight for any vegetarian, dal tadka and jeera rice is a very comforting combination.
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 4-5
Ingredients
To Prepare the Dal
  • Toor dal/Split yellow pigeon pea – 1 & ¼ cup, rinsed and soaked
  • Water – 3 & ½ cups
  • Salt – to taste
  • Turmeric – ¾ tsp
  • Onion – 1 medium, finely chopped
  • Tomato – 1 large, finely chopped
  • Ginger – 1-inch piece, finely crushed
  • Green chilies – 2, finely chopped
  • Kasoori methi – ½ tbsp, lightly roasted and crushed between palms
  • Coriander leaves – a handful, finely chopped
  • Garam Masala – ¼ tsp
For the Tempering
  • Oil – ⅓ cup
  • Cumin seeds – ½ tbsp
  • Coriander seeds – ½ tbsp, lightly crushed
  • Fennel seeds/Saunf – ½ tbsp.
  • Asafetida/Hing – ¼ tsp
  • Whole dried red chilies – 4
  • Garlic – 3 tbsp, finely crushed
  • Red chili powder (byadgi) – 1 tbsp
Instructions
  1. Soak the rinsed toor dal/split yellow pigeon pea in just enough water for about 30-40 minutes.
  2. Combine the soaked toor dal, onion, tomato, ginger, green chilies, salt, and turmeric in the pressure cooker.
  3. Add 3 & ½ cups of water, or as needed depending on your cooker.
  4. Pressure-cook the dal until it is cooked. Whisk it well so that the dal becomes smooth.
  5. Turn the heat back on and bring the dal to a boil. Add the coriander leaves, kasoori methi, and garam masala. Mix. Dal is ready. Take it off the stove.
  6. Now let’s prepare the tempering. Heat the oil in a skillet. Add the cumin seeds. Once they crackle, add the asafetida/hing.
  7. Toss in the fennel seeds/saunf and lightly crushed coriander seeds. Stir often as you fry them for a few seconds to avoid burning them.
  8. Add the whole dried red chilies and fry for a few seconds until they change color.
  9. Add the crushed garlic. Fry the garlic on medium heat until it turns golden and somewhat crunchy. Stir often.
  10. Turn the heat off and add the red chili powder.
  11. Give it a quick mix and pour the tempering over the dal.
  12. Keep a charcoal ember ready. Place it in a small bowl. Place the bowl in the dal and pour a tbsp. of oil over it. Quickly cover the pressure cooker with a lid and let it rest for 5 minutes.
  13. Open the cooker and take the bowl containing the charcoal ember out. Give the dal a light mix.
  14. Restaurant style Punjabi dal tadka recipe is ready. Serve it immediately with jeera rice and lemon wedges. Enjoy!

Restaurant-Style Lasooni Dal Tadka Recipe with Step by Step Pictures Below


Step 1

To prepare the dal, you will need; 1 & ¼ cup toor dal/split yellow pigeon pea, 3 & ½ cups water, salt to taste, ¾ tsp turmeric, 1 medium onion finely chopped, 1 large tomato finely chopped, 1-inch piece of ginger finely crushed, and 2 green chilies finely chopped.

dal tadka ingredients vegetarian recipes


Step 2

Other ingredients to add to the dal; a handful of coriander leaves, finely chopped, ½ tbsp kasoori methi lightly roasted and crushed between palms, and ¼ tsp garam masala. For the tempering, you will need; 1/3 cup oil, ½ tbsp cumin seeds, ½ tbsp coriander seeds lightly crushed, ½ tbsp fennel seeds/saunf, ¼ tsp asafetida/hing, 4 whole dried red chilies, 3 tbsp crushed garlic, and 1 tbsp red chili powder (byadgi).

punjabi dal tadka restaurant style ingredients


Step 3

Soak the rinsed toor dal/split yellow pigeon pea in just enough water for about 30-40 minutes. Combine the soaked toor dal, onion, tomato, ginger, green chilies, salt, and turmeric in the pressure cooker.

pressure cooking toor dal for dal tadka recipe


Step 4

Add 3 & ½ cups of water, or as needed depending on your cooker.

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Step 5

Pressure-cook the dal until it is cooked. Mine was done in 3 whistles.

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Step 6

Whisk it well so that the dal becomes smooth.

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Step 7

Turn the heat back on and bring the dal to a boil. Add the coriander leaves, kasoori methi, and garam masala.

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Step 8

Mix. Dal is ready. Take it off the stove.

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Step 9

Now let’s prepare the tempering. Heat the oil in a skillet. Add the cumin seeds. Once they crackle, add the asafetida/hing.

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Step 10

Toss in the fennel seeds/saunf and lightly crushed coriander seeds. Stir often as you fry them for a few seconds to avoid burning them.

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Step 11

Add the whole dried red chilies and fry for a few seconds until they change color.

dal tadka recipe like in vegetarian restaurants


Step 12

Add the crushed garlic.

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Step 13

Fry the garlic on medium heat until it turns golden and somewhat crunchy. Stir often.

fried garlic for lasooni dal tadka vegetarian lentil recipes


Step 14

Turn the heat off and add the red chili powder.

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Step 15

Give it a quick mix and pour the tempering over the dal.

restaurant style punjabi dal tadka is ready


Step 16

Keep a charcoal ember ready. Place it in a small bowl. Place the bowl in the dal and pour a tbsp of oil over it. Quickly cover the pressure cooker with a lid and let it rest for 5 minutes.

dhuangar method dal tadka kaise banaye smoky charcoal flavor


Step 17

Open the cooker and take the bowl containing the charcoal ember out. Give the dal a light mix. Restaurant style Punjabi dal tadka recipe is ready. Serve it immediately with jeera rice and lemon wedges. Enjoy!

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19 Comments

  • Reply
    Darshita jain
    August 8, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    wow monica! wat an amazing dal tadka..i totally agree, dis luks the best

    • Reply
      Monica
      August 9, 2017 at 5:58 pm

      Thanks Darshita. 🙂

  • Reply
    Rhishikesh Sharma
    August 11, 2017 at 5:20 am

    Dal tadka looks spectacular. I agree that making good dal needs liberal amounts of spices and oil. You are indeed very knowledgeable about cooking methods..
    I checked out so many recipes here and I am surprised..sab ek se badhkar ek.. i didn’t find anything that I didn’t like.. awesome work!

    • Reply
      Monica
      August 11, 2017 at 4:48 pm

      Your comment made my day. I am so glad you like my collection. It’s a very big compliment. Thank you.

  • Reply
    Samira Bansal
    August 13, 2017 at 11:12 am

    ur dal tadka lukin too gud.. i hv a hard tym gettin it right.. r u goin to share video of this rcp? wud luv to watch it being done..

    • Reply
      Monica
      August 13, 2017 at 9:39 pm

      Thank you Samira. Yes, I will be uploading the dal tadka video in 1-2 days. Watch this space. 🙂

  • Reply
    Priyadarshani T
    August 14, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    ur rcps r vry gud to taste n easy to make…dal tadka seems wow

  • Reply
    Nishi Bajaj
    August 22, 2017 at 7:54 am

    i love garlic a lot! this dish is perfect for me!

  • Reply
    Samaira Paryani
    August 24, 2017 at 5:41 am

    brilliant recipe

  • Reply
    Maya Ghai
    September 1, 2017 at 5:05 am

    just wow!

  • Reply
    indrayani
    September 5, 2017 at 9:04 am

    awesome idea of coal

  • Reply
    apurva deshmukh
    September 12, 2017 at 5:52 am

    the best dal tadka recipe i have ever seen!

  • Reply
    Meenal verma
    September 24, 2017 at 5:12 am

    Your recipe is outstanding, I tried that coal trick and I was surprised by how perfectly you were able to replicate what you get at dhaba. I love all of your recipes because they have that twist that sets them apart. Kudos!

    • Reply
      Monica
      September 24, 2017 at 5:25 am

      Thank you for the huge compliment, Meenal. 🙂

  • Reply
    krutika
    October 7, 2017 at 4:36 am

    very detailed and intricate recipe!

  • Reply
    shyambhavi vineet
    November 25, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    hello monica, i am a regular follower of your website and i have tried huge number recipes from your website and loved it! but i have a question regarding this recipe, i am never able to cook “TUAR ki DAL” correctly, it is always a bit hard to bite, i dont know what is the culprit, water source we use or pressure cooking method or the dal itself, please help, i love dal but gradually we are not able to cook proper dal since a couple of years, PLZ HELP.

    • Reply
      Monica
      December 4, 2017 at 3:55 am

      Hi Shyambhavi. Odds are that your dal is the culprit. Try to find toor dal that is ‘gavthi’/’desi’ variety. It has a larger grain and has a reddish skin instead of whitish. Also, using hard water causes the dal to stay raw. So use drinking water. Do not add salt when you pressure cook the dal.
      I hope this helps. 🙂

  • Reply
    gargi sethi
    March 18, 2018 at 8:41 am

    this is a very nice recipe. i love dal tadka with lots of garlic and red chilies in it..this is perfect

    • Reply
      Monica
      March 19, 2018 at 3:46 am

      Thanks Gargi. 🙂

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