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Dhaba dal fry recipe
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Dhaba Dal Fry Recipe

Dhaba dal fry recipe is a flavorful and tasty dal fry with bold flavors. A delicious mix of lentils cooked and seasoned with selective spices, this dal served in Punjabi Dhaba is one of a kind. When you serve this dal with phulka or jeera rice it makes a wonderful nourishing meal.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4
Calories: 221kcal
Author: Harini


  • 1/4 cup toor dal split pigeon peas
  • 1/4 cup moong dal split green gram
  • 1/4 cup chana dal split bengal gram
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 black cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 2 green chilies slit
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger-garlic
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1 teaspoon kasuri methi
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons coriander leaves chopped


  • Pick, rinse and pressure cook the dal or lentils well. The lentils should be completely cooked and easy to mash.
  • Heat oil or butter in a thick pan. Add bay leaf, black cardamom and cloves. Saute well for a minute. Add cumin seeds and saute well.
  • Add chopped onions and saute well. Next add minced ginger -garlic and slit green chilies.
  • Once the raw smell of ginger garlic leaves, add the chopped tomatoes. Add chili powder Saute well till the tomatoes get well cooked.
  • Next add the cooked mashed dal. Mix well. Season with salt and simmer for 5-6 minutes.
  • Add kasuri methi, garam masala powder and mix well. Simmer for 2 minutes. Add coriander leaves and mix well. Serve hot.
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Calories: 221kcal