Dal fry recipe

Dal fry is a popular north indian dish made with lentils and fried spices. It usually has a medium to thick consistency. Quick and easy to make, dal fry serves as a great side dish for rotis, parathas and rice. Dal fry is generally made with arhar or toor dal, but can also be made with masoor dal or yellow moong dal.


  • Tur dal - 1 cup
  • Onion - 1 (chopped finely)
  • Tomato - 1 (chopped finely)
  • Cumin seeds - 1 teaspoon
  • Ginger-garlic paste - 1 teaspoon
  • Green chillies - 3 nos (chopped finely)
  • Coriander powder - 1 teaspoon
  • Mustard seeds - 1 teaspoon
  • Garam masala powder - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Few coriander leaves
  • Kasoori methi (dry fenugreek leaves) - 1 teaspoon
  • Ghee - 2 tablespoons
  • Salt to taste


Step 1

HOW TO MAKE DAL FRY RECIPE Wash and soak tur dal for half an hour.

Step 2

Boil the dal with sufficient water. Add turmeric powder to water and cook till soft. Alternatively, you can pressure cook the dal upto 4 whistles. Once cooked, mash the dal and set aside.

Step 3

Heat ghee in a kadai. Add mustard seeds. Once it splutters, add cumin seeds. Stir fry for 30 seconds.

Step 4

Add ginger-garlic paste, green chillies and onions. Stir fry till onions become transluscent.

Step 5

Add chopped tomatoes and cook till they become soft.

Step 6

Add salt, coriander powder and garam masala and mix well.

Step 7

Add boiled dal and little water and cook for 5 to 6 minutes till you get a medium consistency. Crush the kasoori methi by hand and add to the dal. Remove from heat and pour in a serving bowl.

Step 8

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve dal fry hot with rotis, parathas or rice. IMG_4097

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