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Dal Fry

4.70 from 3 votes

If you happen to be in the state of Uttar Pradesh you will find dal fry made of whole masoor dal or masoor chilka. Have it once in some highway dhaba you will be in love with this dal . here is how you can made it at home also like those dhabas..
Prep Time 4 hours
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Servings 2


  • Whole Masoor dal / chilka masoor / sabit masoor 1cup
  • Onion 1 medium Finally chopped
  • Ginger Garlic Paste 1tbsp
  • Tomatoes Finally chopped 2 medium
  • Haldi Powder 1/4 tsp
  • Dhania Powder 1/2 tsp
  • Garam Masala Powder 1/2 tsp
  • Lal mirch Powder as per taste
  • tez patta 1
  • badi elaichi 1
  • Mustard oil 2tbsp
  • Butter / Ghee 1 tbsp
  • Garlic pods 5-6
  • Whole red chili 1
  • Jeera 1/4 tsp
  • Hing a pinch
  • Salt
  • Dry mango slices [ aam ki sookhi khatai] 3-4


  • Pick any stones, wash & soak masoor dal for 4 hours.
  • In a pressure cooker put soaked dal with 2cups of water, dry mango slice salt . Cook on high flame till first whistle . lower the flame & cook for 4 more whistle. Switch off the flame. Let pressure release. Open lid & mash dal a little with a laddle
  • FIRST TADKA: Heat a pan/wok. Add 2 tbsp oil. Add tez patta & badi elaichi. Add onion & fry till golden brown. Add ginger garlic Paste & tomatoes.Mix well
  • Add masala powders[ dhania haldi garam masala chili hing]. Add some salt. Add some water to avaoid masala to burn. Fry till it starts leaving the sides of pan/wok.
  • Now mix boiled dal in this & adjust the consistency by adding water if needed. Bring it to boil on medium flame. Swich off the flame & cover dal
  • FOR the SECOND TADKA: Heat a tadka pan, add ghee/ butter & immediately add jeera garlic & whole red chilli. the moment garlic turns brown immediately pour this tadka in dal & cover. Open the lid after 10 min. Mix well
  • Serve hot with rice.
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  • Masoor dal takes time to cook so pressure cooking is better.
  • Don’t heat ghee or butter too much it gets burnt.

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Tanu Nigam
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