Dal Fry Dhaba Style

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Visiting a road side dhaaba and enjoying hot dal fry is an amazing experience which every Indian should
definitely enjoy once in a while.

Dal fry, a popular Indian lentil recipe is most commonly enjoyed at the dhabas but also served in restaurants. The dish is eaten all over India but its origin is Punjab which has the credit of providing many other tasty traditional dishes.

Mainly prepared with toor dal (arhar), this simple-to- cook but awesome-in- taste dish called dal fry can be greatly enjoyed during the lunch time. The best part about dal fry recipe is that it can be cooked very

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Dal Fry

Course Main Course
Cuisine Sindhi / North Indian
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Anju Bhagnari


  • Yellow toor dal 1 cup
  • Ginger garlic paste 1 level teaspoon
  • Medium sized onion 1
  • Small Tomatoes 2
  • Green chilli 1
  • Red chilli powder ½ teaspoon
  • Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon
  • Fresh curry leaves 10
  • Turmeric powder ¼ teaspoon
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil 2 tablespoon
  • Green coriander leaves to garnish
  • Water as needed


  1. Chop the onions and cube the tomatoes.
  2. Cut the green chilli into small pieces.
  3. Wash the dal thoroughly and soak it at least for 1 hour.
  4. Heat a pressure cooker and add in the dal alongwith the equal amount of water.
  5. Season it with salt and half of the red chilli.
  6. Pressure cook on high heat for 2 whistles.
  7. Shut off the flame and let it stand till the pressure releases.
  8. Open the lid and lightly mash the dal.
  9. Add more water if dal is too thick. Dal consistency can be adjusted as per preference.
  10. Now, heat a heavy bottom pan at low flame.
  11. Heat oil and put in the cumin seeds and curry leaves.
  12. Once they start spluttering add the onion.
  13. Saute till translucent and add the ginger garlic paste and green chilli.
  14. Again stir fry for a few seconds so that the paste is cooked and then toss in the tomatoes.
  15. Let them cook till they turn soft.
  16. Add salt, red chilli powder, turmeric powder. Put in the boiled dal after that
  17. Cover partially and let the dal keep on simmering for about 8 to 10 minutes.
  18. Check and adjust seasonings.
  19. Lastly garnish with green coriander leaves.
  20. Serve with boiled white rice and pickles.

Eating plain rice or jeera rice with dal fry makes for a yummy combination. The hot spicy dal fry with a variety of aromatic and flavorful spices can also be enjoyed with fluffy naans and tandoori rotis. Serve it hot for enjoying at the fullest and do garnish with finely chopped fresh coriander leaves and lemon juice.

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