Dal Tadka

Masoor dal or Red lentils is healthy, flavorful and quick to cook as well. It is a must have in your pantry for days you want to whip up something healthy and delicious.
Serve this with rice, roti or thin it down and have a light soup, it is that versatile!

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Dal Tadka

A staple in most Indian homes, dal is cooked with onions, tomatoes and seasoned with spices
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4


  • 1 cup Masoor Dal/ Red Lentils
  • 1 tsp Ground Turmeric
  • 1/4 cup Finely chopped onion Any kind
  • 1/2 cup Finely chopped Tomato
  • 2 cups Water
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 2 pods thinly sliced Garlic
  • 1 inch Julienne Ginger
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne
  • 1 tbsp Finely chopped Cilantro
  • 1 tsp Lemon/lime juice


  • Rinse lentils and soak in water for 20 minutes
  • Add Water, rinsed lentils, chopped onion, tomatoes and turmeric to a pan and bring it to a boil
  • Reduce to a simmer, close with a lid and let it cook for roughly 15 minutes until completely cooked through. Season with salt
  • Using a whisk or ladle, gently fold it all together
  • Transfer to a serving bowl
  • Heat oil in a separate pan, when the oil shimmers it is an indication that it ready to add our spices
  • Reduce the heat to medium low and start with cumin seeds, sliced garlic and ginger. Cook until they slightly change color
  • Gently drizzle the seasonings over the dal
  • Garnish with cilantro, squeeze lemon juice and serve warm with rice or thin it down and have it as soup


  • Use any kind of dal and follow the same steps. Remember cooking times will varying depending on the type of lentils you use

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