Many Versions of The Dal Fry
Bonny Shah

Bonny Shah
17 June 2020

This article is authored by Bonny Shah. Bonny is a Registered Dietitian and a Certified Diabetes Educator.

Sometimes a little comfort food can go a long way especially when we talk about Dal. It has secured its place in every Indian kitchen because of its nutrient value and versatility. Although most homes use the same kind of dal every day, there are numerous innovative ways in which the everyday dal is given a makeover.

One such a type of dal which is often made at home is the dal fry. As opposed to dal tadka, dal fry is thicker in consistency and contains many more vegetables.

Let’s discover how you can make dal fry more interesting by adding some little twists:

Spicy Tomato Dal Fry

Eat Breakfast

As you must be aware Dal fry is usually prepared with Arhar dal but instead of that you can also use chana, masoor, moong or mixed dal.

Heat 2-3 tbsp oil with 1/4 tbsp mustard and cumin seeds. When they begin to splutter, add 2 green chillies with few crushed garlic cloves and curry leaves. Next, add chopped onion and tomato and saute until onion turn golden and tomato get soft. Add Tata Sampann Dal Tadka Masala and add cooked dal in it. This is masala will help you get the authentic flavour while cooking dal fry at home.

Lasooni Dal Fry

Looking for a quick dal recipe, then give it a try to this quick and easy one. Cook unpolished toor dal in a pressure cooker. Add turmeric, salt, oil, and water while cooking the dal. This recipe includes simple tadka that consists of heating ghee in a pan followed by cumin seeds, hing and star ingredient - ginger and garlic. Not to forget to add spices like red chilies, salt, and turmeric. Saute for 2 mins till the masala becomes aromatic. Stir well and add the cooked and mashed dal.

Dhaba Style Dal Fry


It is one of the authentic Indian recipes. As it comes with some bold flavors that match its thick consistency. Pressure cook toor dal. Heat ghee in a pan with smashed garlic. Fry till it turns light brown, and add green chilies, ginger and garlic paste. Cook for 30 seconds and add chopped onions till it turns translucent. You can also add tomato puree with a pinch of salt and spices. To make it more delicious add kasuri methi and chopped coriander as garnish.

Dry Chana Dal Fry

This recipe is prepared with chana dal and a lot of onions. Cook this dal in a pressure cooker with salt and turmeric till it becomes soft and mushy. In another pan, heat ghee along with hing, cumin seeds, green chilies, garlic, and ginger. Add the onion and cook for about 5 minutes. Once it is done mix it well with the cooked dal and squeezes lemon juice on it. Lastly, sprinkle some dried Tata Sampann Kasuri Methi on top. Serve hot with poori, paratha or rice.

Use Dal Tadka Masala by Tata Sampann while making dal fry at home. It is made with carefully selected ingredients that will help you in making a perfect dish. Spices used in this dal tadka masala not only add taste to the dal but they also add to the health benefits. Turmeric, a key ingredient that gives the dal its color, also has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial actions. While coriander is full of antioxidants that demonstrate immune-boosting, anti-inflammatory and neuro-protective effects. Fennel seeds contain important nutrients such as vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, potassium and manganese. Cumin is known to help with indigestion.

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