Onion tadka dal recipe/Pyaj ki daal recipe

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Onion tadka dal

Onion tadka dal is a classic Indian savory made using arhar dal which is split peas.It is sautéed in onion flakes,curry leaves and other flavorful spices.

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Onion tadka dal

Onion tadka dal is ideal during lunch or dinner time.As lentils are a regular food in Indian homes, the varieties are also unlimited.Starting from dal fry,vegetable dal,tadka dal to onion tadka dal.Each of them has their own unique taste and flavor.

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Onion tadka dal needs least effort to make.As it is sautéed in a good quantity of onion, the name is also according to the same.

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Instead of using so many spices, I have added some raw flavourful spices.which gives it an exotic taste.So if you have ever searched on how to make tadka dal,then this recipe is definitely for you.





Let’s prepare onion tadka dal quick by listing the key ingredients first-

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1 and 1/2 cup soaked split peas/arhar dal(soaked for 1/2 an hour before cooking)

3 slice chopped onions

1 tablespoon grated ginger

8 to 10 chopped curry leaves

1/3 teaspoon asafoetida/hing

1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder

1 teaspoon cumin seeds

3 to 4 finely chopped green chilli

1 tablespoon salt

1 tablespoon butter

1 teaspoon red chilli powder

3 tablespoon oil


Start the process of making onion dal tadka by washing off the soaked split peas well.Put it in a pressure cooker and add turmeric powder.Add 1 and 1/2 cup water and put it for boiling by ging the lid.Let it whistle for 3 times.Switch off the gas and wait until it cools down.

Boiled split peas to make onion tadka dal

Now put a kadhai/pan on the gas.Add oil,let it be hot and then add the cumin seeds,ginger, curry leaves and asafoetida.

Onions and spices for onion dal tadka

Mix well for few seconds in medium flame.Now add the coopped onions and chopped green chillies.Mix well and cook until it turns soft golden.

Cooking onions and spices to make onion tadka dal

Cook in low to medium flame to make the onions golden in color.As it takes the desired texture,put the boiled split peas and stir well.Add salt and 1/2 cup more water to boil it for another few minutes.So that the flavor comes out really well.Boil in medium flame.

Onion tadka dal

And this delicious onion tadka dal is ready.Now take a tadka spoon, put on medium flame and add the butter.let it be warn and then add the chilli powder.Stir gently and pour in top of the dal.

Onion tadka dal

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