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Dal Tadka Recipe:

This Dal Tadka recipe is sure to be a crowd-pleaser! Lentil soup is a very popular Indian food dish and this aromatic cooking method, called tadka (tempering or infusion) takes it to the next level.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4


  • 3/4 cup moong dal
  • I md size fine dice onion
  • I md size dice tomato
  • 1/2 inch fine dice ginger
  • 1/4 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • Salt as required
  • 3 cups of water

Tarka ( infusion)

  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 4 to 5 garlic pods
  • 2 to 3 whole red peppers
  • 1 sprig of curry leaves
  • optional
  • 1 faced jalapeño pepper
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Garam masala
  • 1/8 tsp asafetida
  • 3 tbsp ghee clarifies butter


  • In an heavy bottom cooking pot or an Instapot put in 1st seven ingredients and water.
  • Cover and cook until the lentils are cooked through.*
  • Prepare the tarka in a small sauté pan.
  • Heat ghee in a small sauté pan  on medium heat.
  • Add cumin seeds and let them sizzle. Add the garlic and green chilies and sauté for a few mins.
  • Add the curry leaves and broken whole red peppers (optional) paprika Garam masala and asafetida.
  • As soon as the cooker switches off wait for about 5 mins then open the pot and add the sizzling tarka to the dal.
  • Still well and serve garnished with cilantro. Serve with steamed rice or chapati, if desired.


If using an Instant Pot, close the pot and put it in rice to cook.