Mixed Tadka dal fry Recipe
Mixed Dal Fry
Dal fry is the most popular dal recipe in India, this is the most ordered dish in restaurants. Even in daily menu, dal is the staple food for any Indian household. And dal fry is one step forward of the regular dal. And quite a popular item while guests visit or any occasion. Dal fry can be cooked with one dal or with a mix of 3 or 4 different variety of dal. My recipe has the mixed dal fry version, where I've made a typical restaurant style dal with 4 types of dal and gave a nice Smokey charcoal flavor to bring the Dhaba touch.
I had Dal fry in Pune for the first time, while I visited my maternal uncle's house. He took us to a popular restaurant and he ordered Dal fry. 1st time we had dal in restaurant, as in our family we never thought of ordering dal while enjoying restaurant food, but my uncle insisted us to try, as dal fry was not that common dish in Kolkata. So we tried and loved it. One more item we tried during our Pune visit, was Sabudana Vada, and I was thinking of trying that too, but it took me 20 years to try Sabudana vada at home. Will come to that, in my next post. Now let's stick to this. So we had Toor dal fry on that time, and after that dal fry was common item in my restaurant visit. And during our USA stay, I often used to prepare this dal fry, some time with one dal or sometime mixed dal fry. But never got bored with this item. And the best thing of it is, you need a plate full of rice and dal, achar and papad can be on the side to accompany it, otherwise 2 chapatis or some boiled rice goes great with this item. And this dish is very much protein rich..
Dal (also spelled dahl or daal) is a preparation of pulses /dried lentils which have been stripped of their outer hulls and split. It also refers to the thick stew prepared from these pulses, an important part of Indian cuisine. It is regularly eaten with rice and vegetables in southern India, and with both rice and roti throughout northern India .
Ingredients for Mixed Dal Fry
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Preperation steps for Mixed Dal Fry
Making The Dal
Mix all the dals together and wash them properly. Soak them in 3 cups of water for 30 minutes before cooking it. Pressure cook the dal in 2 cups of water with salt and 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder till done.
Take a kadai or wok and heat ghee and 1 tablespoon of oil and fry the onion till golden brown. Add tomato, green chili, red chili powder, garam masala powder, turmeric powder cook for 1-2 minutes adding little water to it to ensure that the mixture does not get burnt.
Now add the cooked dal and mix them well. Add a little more water to it to bring it to the desired consistency. Bring to a boil and simmer at least for 10 to 15 minutes. After 15 mins pour the dal in a large bowl.
Tempering The Dal :
Now take a small sauce pan and heat the remaining oil in it and add cumin, mustard seeds, whole red chili, ginger, garlic, chopped cilantro and some lime juice and when it starts cracking pour on the cooked dal and serve.
Enjoy the snaps
Serve in lunch menu with steamed rice , papad, and salad. This Dal does not need anything else.
This is an authentic North Indian dish can be served with rice or roti.