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Restaurant style dal fry recipe,how to make dal fry

Dal fry recipe is the popular Indian dish of lentils cooked with spices. There are so many varieties of dal fry like lasooni dal but this recipe of dal is the most basic one. You can make this simple dal recipe with just toor or arhar dal or a mix of toor and chana dal. Serve dal fry with piping hot rice, potato fry and salad for most comforting meal. This simple dal recipe also goes very well with jeera rice, peas pulao. Here is how to make best restaurant style dal fry recipe.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 2
Calories: 224kcal
Author: Harini


Prepartion for dal fry

  • 1/2 cup split pigeon peas/toor dal/thuvaram paruppu
  • water as required
  • pinch salt

Making Dal Fry

  • 3 teaspoon oil or butter
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 slit green chillies
  • 2 dried red chillies
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 1 large tomato finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed ginger OR ginger-garlic paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 2 teaspoons cilantro leaves chopped
  • 1/2 tablespoons kasuri methi
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice


Preparation of dal fry

  • Pick and rinse 1/2 cup toor dal and add to a pressure cooker.

  • Add around 2 cups water and a pinch of salt.

  • Pressure cook for 3-4 whistles. Once the pressure is released, mash the dal wile its hot and set aside.

How To Make Dal Fry

  • Heat oil in a pan and temper with cumin seeds. Next add the slit green chilies, red chilies, ginger and saute for 2-3 minutes.

  • Add the sliced onions and saute till translucent.

  • Now add the chopped tomatoes and saute till cooked and mushy.

  • Once tomatoes are well cooked add salt,turmeric powder and coriander powder. Mix and cook for 4-5 minutes.
  • Now add the mashed toor dal and mix well. Also add 1 cup dal cooked water or normal water.

  • Simmer the dal until it thickens a bit for around 6-8 minutes. Add garam masala powder and mix well.

  • Add chopped cilantro leaves and kasuri methi.

  • Remove from flame lemon juice mix well and serve dal fry hot.



  • You can use a combination of 1/2 cup toor dal and 1/2 cup moong dal in this recipe.
  • If you have fresh methi leaves you can saute it along with onions and skip kasuri methi.
  • Use ghee for enhanced flavor and taste instead of oil.
  • If your toor dal doesn't cook well,soak it in water for 30 minutes before cooking.


Serving: 3g | Calories: 224kcal