Dal Fry

The dal fry is generally prepared only with toor dal or lentil. However, you can easily experiment the recipe and extend it by adding equal proportions of chana dal or moong dal for variations.

Updated: November 1, 2021


(1 cup = 255 ML)

    3/4 cup toor dal
    3+1/2 cup water
    1 tbsp ghee / clarified butter
    1 tsp mustard / rai
    1 tsp jeera / cumin
    1 dried red chilli broken
    few curry leaves
    pinch of hing / asafoetida
    1 onion finely chopped
    1 tsp ginger garlic paste
    1 green chilli slit
    1/4 tsp turmeric / haldi
    1/2 tsp kashmiri red chilli powder / lal mirch powder
    1/2 tsp coriander powder
    1 tomato finely chopped
    1 tsp salt
    1/4 tsp garam masala
    1 tbsp coriander finely chopped
    1 tsp kasuri methi / dry fenugreek leaves

It is a easy and healthy lentil based soup or thick lentil curry which is mainly eaten with rice or with Indian flat-breads. It is perhaps one of the most common lentil based curry prepared all over india including both north and south. There are many variations, ranging from restaurant style to dhaba style, but this is a simple home-made arhar dal fry recipe.
There is a little difference between dal fry and dal tadka recipe. Basically, in dal fry recipe, the tadka or tempering is prepared at the beginning and also to the same tadka onion and tomatoes are also added. once sauteed, cooked or pressure cooked toor dal or arahar dal is added on top of it. Whereas in dal tadka, tempering is added as the final step after cooking and adding all the spices to lentil. Adding onion and tomatoes are not mandatory in dal tadka and also any choice of dal can be used to prepare it. The recipe for toor dal fry or arhar dal fry is very easy to prepare with no complicated steps. Yet there are some tips, recommendations and serving ideas for dal fry recipe. These include:

  • The consistency of dal fry is very critical and should not be either thin or thick. It should be runny consistency and should be able to easily mix it with rice or jeera rice.
  • The dal fry is generally prepared only with toor dal or lentil. However, you can easily experiment the recipe and extend it by adding equal proportions of chana dal or moong dal for variations.
  • You can deep freeze the pressure cooked dal in the refrigerator if you are frequent prepare dal recipes. Just deep frost the frozen dal and mix it with tempering whenever required.


  • pressure cook 3/4 cup toor dal and 3 cup water for 5 whistles in a pressure cooker.
  • now in another kadai heat 1 tbsp ghee and splutter 1 tsp mustard, 1 tsp jeera, 1 dried red chilli, few curry leaves and pinch of hing.
  • add 1 onion followed by 1 tsp ginger garlic paste and 1 green chilli to it. saute well.
  • now add 1/4 tsp turmeric, 1/2 tsp chilli powder and 1/2 tsp coriander powder. saute on low flame.
  • add 1 tomato and saute till it turns soft and mushy.
  • add the cooked dal along with 1 tsp salt. mix well.
  • simmer for 5 minutes or till dal turns smooth and absorbs flavour.
  • now add 1/4 tsp garam masala, 1 tbsp coriander and 1 tsp crushed kasuri methi.
  • finally, serve dal fry with hot jeera rice or ghee rice.

Prep Time : 20 mins

Total Time : 25 min

Serving : 3-4 servings

Calories : 20 kcal

cuisine : Indian

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