Dal Fry Recipe – Dal Fry or lentil soup is the most popular and most comfort food in Indian Cuisine. Boiled lentils are cooked into onion-tomato tempering and this is super delicious, and adopted by every kitchen in India.
Dal fry is originated from North Indian, Punjab. And you can find this in every Indian restaurant of all across the world.
As a vegetarian, Main source of protein is lentil. Among all lentils, pigeon peas has highest amount of protein. So, you can find lentils in different form of dal or soup in every vegetarian menu. Red Lentil soup is my vegan version and Urad Dal Recipe is again Indian dish.
I love this dal fry so madly (but only restaurant style) that I never come home from Punjabi restaurant without eating this dal fry- jeera rice combo.
You may raise the question about if I like restaurant style, then why I am sharing this recipe with you! But you know that “THERE IS A WILL, THERE IS A WAY.” Bingo!!! After so many try and errors, I got success. I got the taste, for which my tongue always asking for.
This is my favorite Dal fry recipe, and credit goes to my sister, she taught me this recipe, and I fell in love with this dal fry!!!
How to make Restaurant style Dal Fry:
You may find this recipe different from others, because I have used only in type of lentil in this recipe, but believe me, it taste so good that you will defiantly replay me back about your feedback.
First, you need to boil the lentils without adding anything into it. You can also soak the lentils for 30 minutes; this will take less time to cook. But if skip this step then it also works.
I use pressure cooker for cooking the lentils. Generally it requires, 4-5 whistles to cook it perfectly. Then give it 10 minutes rest and let the cooker cools down completely, and then open it.
Tempering is the most important part of this recipe. To do the tempering, take a frying pan, add oil and ghee both. Then add jeera and bay leaf.
Then add onion-tomato and ginger-garlic-chilli paste and let it cook. At this stage, add all dry powders and 2-3 tbsp water to mix it well.
Finally add boiled lentils and let it simmer for 5 minutes. You can adjust the consistency by adding water according to your taste.
Add lots of fresh coriander leaves and serve hot… It is incomplete without jeera rice, glass of buttermilk and papad…
Enjoy this recipe, at any time during lunch or dinner, and please send me your feedback… 🙂
Avoid Mistakes at First Attempt of Making Dhaba Style Dal Fry
- You can also add other types of lentils into this recipe. You can add gram lentil (Chana dal), Red lentils (Masoor dal), spit yellow peas (moong dal). But ratio of all other lentils is just 1 tbsp per 1 cup pigeon peas lentils.
- You can also cook mix lentils by using the same recipe.
- You can add some vegetables like carrots and green peas in this recipe.
Easy Dal Fry Recipe | Dhaba Style Dal Fry
- 1 cup yellow pigeon peas lentils (tuvar dal)
- ½ tbsp oil
- ½ tbsp ghee
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 tbsp cumin seeds
- Some curry leaves
- 2 tbsp finely chopped onions
- 2 tbsp finely chopped tomatoes
- ½ tbsp ginger paste
- ½ tbsp green chilli paste
- ½ tbsp garlic paste
- ½ tsp turmaric powder
- ½ tbsp red chilli powder
- ½ tbsp garam masala
- Salt to taste
- Fresh coriander leaves for garnish
- Pressure cook the lentils by adding 3 cups of water. When 1 whistle is over, reduce the flame to medium and cook for another 3 whistles.
- Do not open the lid of cooker immediately. Let it rest for 10 minutes
- Now take one frying pan, add oil and ghee. Then add cumin seeds and bay leaf. Let cumin seeds to be crackled.
- Then add curry leaves and chopped onions, and stir it till onions turns brown. It takes 2-3 minutes
- Then add ginger-garlic-chili paste, and chopped tomatoes. Let it cook for another 2-3 minutes.
- Then add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, garam masala and salt. And just 2 tbsp of water. Let it mix for another 2 minutes.
- Finally add boiled lentils and mix all together. Add some water if required. Let it simmer for 5 minutes.
- Now switch off the flames add lemon juice and 2 tbsp fresh and finely chopped coriander leaves. Your dal is ready to serve.
2) Dal fry and jeera rice is best combo to complete meal with some curd and papad.
3) Dal fry and tandoori roti is a staple food in Punjab and Northern Indian regions.