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Restaurant Style Dal Fry With Garlic

  • Author: Suguna Vinodh
  • Total Time: 35m
  • Yield: 3-4 servings 1x


Recipe for dal fry with garlic. Creamy and delicious dal flavored with a garlic tempering. Recipe for step by step pictures and video.



Cooking the dal

1/2 cup toor dal, washed
1.5 cups water
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/4 teaspoon peanut oil

For making the dal fry

2 teaspoon peanut oil
2 teaspoon garlic, finely chopped
1 teaspoon ginger, finely chopped
2 sprigs curry leaves, finely chopped
1/2 cup onions, finely chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup tomatoes, finely chopped
2 green chillies, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
1.5 teaspoon coriander powder
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoon coriander leaves, finely chopped

Tempering the dal

2 teaspoon ghee
2 teaspoon garlic, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/4 teaspoon red chilli powder
1/4 teaspoon asafoetida


Add a little water (1/2 cup) to a pressure cooker. Take a bowl and place it in the cooker. Add in half cup of washed toor dal to the bowl. Add in 1.5 cups water, little oil and turmeric powder. Cover and cook on medium flame for 10-12 minutes. About 5 whistles. After the said time, remove the cooker from heat and let the pressure of the cooker settle on its own. After the pressure settles, open the cooker and mash the dal. Set aside.

Heat oil in a pan and add in the chopped garlic, ginger and finely chopped curry leaves. Sauté for a few seconds. Add in the onions and the salt. Sauté for a few minutes till the onions are soft. Add in the tomatoes and the chopped green chillies. Add in the spice powders and the sugar. The sugar nicely rounds out the flavour of the dal. You can omit the sugar if you do not want to.

Cover the pan with a lid and cook on a medium flame for about 3-4 minutes until the tomatoes are mushy. Add in the cooked and mashed dal. Mix well to combine. Add in little water to adjust the consistency of the dal. Let it come to a simmer. Add in the chopped coriander leaves and mix well to combine.

Tempering the dal
Heat ghee in a small pan and add in the chopped garlic. Keep the flame on low and roast till the garlic is well roasted and lightly golden. Add in the cumin seeds and roast for a few seconds. Switch off the flame and add in the red chilli powder and asafoetida. Mix well and let the spices bloom in oil. Add it immediately to the dal.

Serve the dal with roti or rice.

  • Prep Time: 15m
  • Cook Time: 20m

Keywords: dal fry restaurant style