Dhaba Style Dal

Creamy, yummy and perfectly scoop – able dal. This dhaba style dal has a lovely tadka and an unexpected topping that makes it irresistable.



Recipe :

Ingredients : Serves 2 – 4

  • 2 tbsp Toor Dal
  • 2 tbsp Masoor Dal
  • 2 tbsp Moong Dal
  • 2 tbsp Split Green Moong with skin
  • 2 tbsp Channa Dal
  • 1 medium Onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium Tomato, finely chopped
  • 1 Green Chilli, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp chopped Ginger Garlic
  • Coriander leaves
  • 1 medium Onion, finely sliced
  • 5 tbsp Oil
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp Ghee

Method :

  1. Mix the dal’s in a bowl and rinse thoroughly till water runs clear. Add them to a pressure cooker, enough water, a pinch of turmeric and cook on medium flame for 5 whistles.
  2. In a pan heat oil, add the sliced onions, a pinch of salt and saute on medium flame till evenly golden. Drain on a kitchen towel.
  3. In the same pan, add cumin seeds. Once brown, add finely chopped onions. Saute till translucent.
  4. Add the dry spices – coriander, turmeric, garam masala. Saute on low flame till cooked.
  5. Add chopped tomatoes and ginger garlic. Add salt and cook till tomatoes are squashed completely and oil separates slightly.
  6. Add the cooked dal, sugar and mix through.
  7. Cover and cook for 5 minutes on medium flame. Add water to thin it to the required consistency.
  8. Finish with chopped coriander.
  9. In a pan, heat ghee. Turn off the flame and add chilli powder. Add to the dal and cover for 5 minutes.
  10. Just before serving add the fried onions on top.

Notes :

  • Always add warm water to thin the gravy.
  • If you have it, use Kashmiri Chilli Powder for the final tadka.
  • Fried onions are totally optional, but I highly recommend it.


Comforting and delicious !!



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