Dal Tadka:- How to make perfect punjabi style dal tadka at home?

Dal Tadka Recipe

Dal Tadka Recipe (Restaurant / Punjabi Dhaba Style recipe) with step by step instructional video. This dal tadka recipe brings authentic flavors of traditional style cooking in modern kitchen. Dal Tadka is one of the most famous side dish made from lentils and tempered with mix of spices. This is a typical traditional North Indian dal tadka recipe where I used mix of different spices and herbs typically used in North Indian cooking. Whenever I go to restaurant or dhaba I always order this dal tadka as it is one of my favorites, but not everywhere I get that smoky flavor I love it for. In this recipe, I brought all those flavors and smokiness together. There are many other restaurant style and dhaba style recipes in this blog like bhindi ka salan, matar paneer, egg curry, paneer masala, achari baingan, rajma masala that you may also like. These dishes taste just like restaurant and dhaba food but made fresh and in easy way at home. To make this dal tadka I have used arhar dal or toor dal ( pigeon peas) but sometimes I also use mix of dals like arhar/toor dal (split pigeon peas lentils),  chana dal (Bengal gram split and skinned) and masoor dal ( split pink lentils).

Making this dal tadka is very easy, just boil the lentils (dal) and temper before serving. You can also make dal ahead of time. Just heat the dal and pour tadka or tempering over it before serving. This dal tadka goes very well with white steamed rice, chapatis and parathas.

In this dal tadka recipe I used onions and tomatoes while cooking dal. If you don’t like them you may skip them and cook plain dal only with salt and little turmeric powder. To give dal Tadka smoky flavor I used charcoal. I burned the charcoal on stove till it became red hot from both the sides then put it in the steel bowl (or you can make bowl with aluminum foil) and pour some butter or ghee on blazing coal which gives nice fresh smoke. Now gently and carefully put this bowl in the middle of cooked dal and cover it with a lid. Keep dal covered for 5-6 minutes or more if you are real fan of smoky flavor like me. This method is called “dhungur”. If you do not have charcoal or you do not like smoky smell you can skip this method and just put basic garlic chilly tadka. I always like to use freshly made ginger garlic paste while making this dal tadka. In the video you can see I used my stone to crush garlic, ginger, chilly and coriander seeds which releases oil and give very fresh aroma to dal. You can also use motor pestle to do that. Also I used mixture of oil and butter to make tadka or tempering, you may also make it with ghee or oil alone.

Dal Tadka

Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian


  • 1 cup Tuar Dal soaked in water for 20 minutes
  • 1 cup Tomato fine chopped
  • ½ cup Onion fine chopped
  • ½ tsp Turmeric Powder
  • Salt
  • 4 cup Water
  • Coriander Leaves fine chopped
  • 2 Green Chilli
  • 1 inch Ginger
  • 6 Garlic Clove
  • 1 tsp Coriander Seeds
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 3 tbsp Butter
  • 2 Dry Red Chillies
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 2 pinch Asafoetida
  • 1 tsp Fenugreek Leaves
  • ½ tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • ½ tsp Kashmiri Red Chilli powder


  • Wash and soak dal for 20 minutes. In the meanwhile make fresh ginger, garlic, green chilly and coriander seeds paste.
  • Add 3 cups of water, chopped tomatoes, onions, turmeric power, salt and few drops of oil and pressure cook dal. I took 2 whistles.
  • Once pressure cooker cools down open it and boil dal for almost 5 minutes. Afetr 5 minutes switch off the heat.
  • Now burn the charcoal form both the sides on stove top till it becomes red hot. Put it in the steel bowl and drop some butter or ghee on it. This will make charcoal smoke.
  • Now gently put this bowl in dal, cover the cooker. After almost 4-5 minutes slowly take the bowl of the cooker with the help of tongs.
  • Now heat the pan at medium heat and add oil, butter, whole red chilly, cumin seeds. Add freshly made garlic paste, saute continuously and cook till raw smell is gone.
  • Add red chilly powder, Kashmiri chilly power and sweitch of the heat. When you are ready to serve put this tadka in hor dal.
  • Serve dal tadka with with rice , rotis or parathas. Tastes heaven :p



Shilpi’s Quick Tricks
  • Do not overcook dal. We want cooked dal and not a paste in this recipe.
  • Adding tomatoes and onions are optional while making this dal.
  • This dal can be made with or without dhungur method.
  • You can use any combination of oil, butter or ghee in making tadka.
  • Adding few drops of oil while cooking dal will avoid it from overflowing while cooking in pressure cooker.
  •  I washed dal and soaked it for 20 minutes before cooking which helps in cooking dal faster and easily.
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  • Hi Shilpi, I tried your dal tadka today n it was amazing… Thank u

    navya May 15, 2015 1:49 am Reply
    • Wow that’s great to know. Glad you tried it and liked it. Do try my other recipes hope you like them too.
      Shilpi amit

      Shilpi Agarwal May 15, 2015 8:39 am Reply
  • Thanks for sharing this one.

    Saz May 17, 2015 10:03 pm Reply
    • Thanks Sangeeta for liking my recipe. Do visit my blog and youtube channel for more quick and easy recipes.

      Shilpi Agarwal May 18, 2015 12:46 pm Reply
  • Hi Shilpi, This was the BEST Dal tadka recipe ever, it is indeed heavenly..Thank you so much!!

    Deepa June 8, 2015 3:59 pm Reply
    • wow Deepa that’s great to know. Thanks for try my recipe dear. Stay connected and keep in touch.
      Shilpi amit

      Shilpi Agarwal June 8, 2015 5:18 pm Reply
  • Video not available. Also no mention in recipe where to use Kasoori Methi listed in ingredients.

    Alnoor June 20, 2015 11:07 pm Reply
    • Dear Anoor , sorry for the inconvenience. Kasoori methi is added in the final butter tadka along with dry red chillies.

      Shilpi Agarwal October 19, 2015 12:00 pm Reply
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  • Hi Shilpi, loved this dal tadka recipe, I tried today, it was amazing. Tried your pressure cooker veg briyani as well. It was superb.

    Anju November 7, 2016 1:39 pm Reply
    • thanks for trying my recipes Anju. I am so happy that you liked them. Stay connected and keep visiting foods and flavors for more recipes.

      Shilpi Agarwal November 8, 2016 12:07 pm Reply

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