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Ghar Ki Dal Dal and rice

Homestyle Easy Lentil Dal (dhal, dahl) | Ghar Ki Dal

Healthy, filling and ready in 3 steps... like Mom does it!
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish, Soup
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6 portions
Calories 136 kcal


For the dal base:

  • ¾ Cup Toor Dal Rinsed
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 Tomato Roughly Chopped
  • 1 Onion Roughly Chopped
  • 1 tsp Ginger Thinly Chopped
  • 1 tsp Garlic Thinly Chopped
  • 3 Green Chilies Slit on the side
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • ½ tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 2 Cups Water Room Temperature

For the Tadka

  • 1 Tbsp Sunflower Oil or any flavorless vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 2 Garlic Cloves Roughly Chopped
  • ½ tsp Hing Asafoetida
  • 2 Dry Red Chilies
  • 10-15 Curry Leaves

Other ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tbsp Ghee or Clarified Butter optional
  • 10 g Freshly Chopped Coriander optional, to garnish


Prepare the dal base

  • To prepare the base of the homestyle dal, add the rinsed lentils, salt, chopped onion and tomato, ginger and garlic, green chilies, cumin seeds, turmeric, and water to the pressure cooker, mix well and put to cook on a high flame; once the ingredients are boiling and the pressure cooker starts steaming, reduce the heat to medium and allow to cook for 15-20 minutes (it depends on the heat produced by the medium flame and how tight is the pressure cooker). Ensure you do not overcook the lentils as to cook it this quickly this recipe adds just enough water for the amount of lentils and overcooking them may mean them sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  • Once the lentils and all the other ingredients are cooked, remove the pressure cooker from the heat and allow it to depressurize; once the pressure cooker is ready, open it and mix the lentils before adding the amount of water needed to achieve the consistency desired and put the pan back on the heat.
  • Once the dal is lightly simmering again, add the lemon juice and mix well then remove from the heat again.

For the final step, prepare the tadka

  • To prepare the tadka, heat the sunflower oil and once this is warm add the mustard seeds and after 10-15 seconds the cumin seeds; after another 10 seconds, add the roughly chopped garlic and allow it to cook until golden and until the smell of rawness has gone.
  • At this stage add the hing, mix well and finish off with the dry red chilies, which you will break in two before adding, and the curry leaves; after the curry leaves and red chilies have been in the oil for about 10 seconds (do not overcook them, they will burn quickly!) add the tadka on top of the dal while it is still warm and mix well!

Optional steps

  • To give an extra layer of flavor, after the above steps have been completed, the homestyle dal can be finished with one tablespoon of ghee and some freshly chopped coriander.
  • Mix, serve, and enjoy!



Calories: 136kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 5gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 487mgPotassium: 163mgFiber: 5gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 499IUVitamin C: 64mgCalcium: 41mgIron: 1mg
Keyword 30-Minute Meal, Dal, Healthy Curry, Homemade bread, Indian spices, Lentils
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