Tadka dal is a deeply satisfying and flavourful dish that's sure to become a family favourite.
- 1 cup toor dal
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1/2 cup onion
- 3 1/2 cups water
Dal tadka masala - the first flavour blast
- 1 cup onion - diced
- 2 tomatoes - chopped
- 3 green chilies - diced (or more to taste)
- 1 tbsp garlic ginger paste
- 1 tsp kasoor methi
- 2 tsp cumin powder
- 1 tsp kashmiri chili powder
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 3 tbsp vegetable oil
Final tempering - the second flavour blast
- 3 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 tsp mustard seed
- 1/2 tsp cumin seed
- 4-5 red chilies
- 2 black cardamom
- 1 2 inch piece cinnamon bark
While the lentils cook start your first tempering. Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium low heat. Add the onions and cook until they start to brown. Add the green chili and garlic ginger paste. Stir and cook another minute or so.
Push the onion mixture to the side of the pan. There should be some oil in the middle of the pan. If there isn't add a little more. Add the cumin powder, kasoor methi, salt and chili powder. Stir. Pay attention. You don't want your spices to burn. If it looks like the mixture is dry add a bit more oil. Cook for 30-45 seconds.
Add the tomatoes and stir to combine everything. Simmer until the tomatoes start to break down. Add a bit of water if it starts to get too dry.
Once the lentils have broken down add the first tempering to the lentils and stir to combine. Taste. Adjust salt as needed. You will probably need another half tsp or so. Simmer another 10-15 minutes.
Heat the oil in a saucepan (the same one as before if you've rinsed it out - why make more dishes) over medium low heat.
When the oil starts to shimmer add the black cardamom and cinnamon. Cook for about 30 seconds. Add the chilies and toast them quickly in the oil. Now add the mustard seed and cumin seed and cook for around 20-30 seconds. Watch the chilies. You don't want them to burn.
Transfer the tadka dal mixed with first tempering to a serving bowl. Drizzle the second tempering over top. Serve.
Calories: 249kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Sodium: 506mg | Potassium: 290mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 770IU | Vitamin C: 54.5mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 2.1mg