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urad daal tadka
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5 from 2 votes

Dhaba Style Urad Daal Tadka

Dhaba style urad daal tadka- Mix lentils cooked in a creamy tomato sauce- specialty of the state of Punjab
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Lentil/Daal, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Punjabi Cuisine
Keyword: daal, urad
Servings: 6
Author: Anjana Chaturvedi


  • 2 cup White Lentil/ Urad Daal
  • 4 tbsp Bengal Gram/ Chana Daal
  • 3 Green Chilies
  • 1.5 tbsp Ginger/ Adrak
  • 4 tbsp Chopped Coriander/ Hara Dhaniya
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric/ Haldi
  • 1 tsp Red Chili Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Garam Masala
  • 2.5 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp Salt

Tempering/ Tadka

  • 4 medium Tomato chopped
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds / Jeera
  • 1/2 Asafoetida/ Hing
  • 2 cloves
  • 6 Peppercorn/ sabut kali mirch
  • 2 tbsp Cooking Oil
  • 2 tbsp Ghee or butter


  • Wash and soak both the lentils for 1/2 an hour.
  • Chop tomatoes finely and slit green chillies lengthwise.
  • In the pressure cooker add the soaked daal ,turmeric and enough water to cover the lentil (approx 1 inch above the lentils ) and pressure cook for 2 whistles or till lentils are just done. Don’t over cook them.
  • Heat oil in a pan ,add cumin and asafoetida. When cumin start crackling add chopped tomatoes ,ginger,green chilies and salt,mix well.
  • Cover and cook on slow heat till tomatoes become soft. Add all the dry spices and keep stirring till oil start separating from the sides of the masala.
  • Add boiled daal and one glass of water,cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Remove from flame and add lemon juice,1 tbls of ghee or butter and chopped fresh coriander.
  • Sprinkle garam masala and serve hot.
  • Serving suggestions -Goes well with roti,naan or jeera rice.