Dal Tadka (Dhaba Style) Recipe is the unique, flavorful and tasty Indian Dal Dish. Yellow Moong Dal is boiled and cooked with onion, tomatoes and spices and finally tempered with flavorful herbs.
This kind of Dal Tadka is also known as Dal Tadka Restaurant style. This Recipe is one of the most popular dal recipe served in Indian restaurants. Generally dal tadka is cooked with lentils and tempered with oil or ghee. This Dal Tadka Recipe with plain Indian Roti and Jeera Rice is my favorite meal. Dal Tadka (Dhaba Style) Recipe and Tandoori Roti is a staple food in Punjab and Haryana and typically served in most of the road side dhabas.
Tadka or Chaunk is the Hindi word for tempering. In this technique the spices are fried in oil, thereby the spices release essential oils & thus changes the flavor, aroma and taste remarkably and gives the final touch to this dal.
Tempering or Tadka is considered an important part in Indian cooking, in fact, we temper lot of our Indian dishes, such as dals, rice, vegetables and chutneys. Today I have cooked North Indian style Dal Tadka Recipe by using yellow dal (split lentils). Some people make it with arhar dal (split pigeon pea lentils) and masoor dal (split pink lentils). It’s because dal is a staple food in India and can be cooked in so many varieties. Each state is having their own delicious recipes.
Few of the famous Indian dal recipes are dal makhani, dal fry, masoor dal, teen dal and chana dal. The preparation of this dal is extremely easy, you just need to boil it, cook it in onion and tomatoes and lastly temper it just before serving. Some people even make this dal ready in advance and keep in the fridge and before serving they heat it and temper it to serve immediately.
While cooking this dal, you will observe that how the tempering adds a lot of oomph factor to this and see the plain cooked dal gets transformed into an aromatic & beautiful dal. The only thing missing in this tadke wali dal is the aroma of burnt charcoal, which we feel from far away from high way dhabas. Here at home I couldn’t get that in my hands to infuse the smoky charcoal flavor in dal. But it was worth to make it, you will really enjoy this Homemade Dhaba Style Dal Tadka Recipe.
For the Tempering / Tadka of Dal you will need:
1 tablespoon oil
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon garlic, chopped
1/2 teaspoon ginger, julienne
1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
2 whole Kashmiri red chillies
How to make Dal Tadka (Dhaba Style) Recipe:
- Serve this Dhaba Style Dal Tadka with Jeera rice, mixed pickle and roasted papad to complete your meal.
- For tempering, you can use ghee instead of oil.
- Some people garnish this dal with some cream as well.
- If you do not have pressure cooker then you can cook dal in a pot or in any vessel with good amount of water.
- The consistency of dal tadka should not too thick or too thin, prefer to make it of slightly medium thick in consistency.