Punjabi Toor Dal Tadka Recipe Using Preethi Electric Pressure Cooker

When you are craving comfort food of dal rice or dal roti then try the Punjabi Toor Dal Tadka Recipe. It is a delicious toor dal recipe from Punjab which is flavoured with ginger, green chilli and lemon juice.A tempering of ghee,cumin, garlic and cinnamon adds to the flavour of the dal . Serve it with rice or roti for a comforting meal.

Archana Doshi
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Punjabi Toor Dal Tadka and rice is the ultimate comfort food and it is made with basic ingredients found in every Indian home. Dal tadka is found on most restaurant menus and every Indian loves a home cooked dal. Punjabi Toor Dal Tadka Recipe  is a very nutritious high protein lentil dish that is simple to prepare.

Dal takes time to cook and hence it is usually made in a pressure cooker. We have made the dal in the Preethi electric pressure cooker which is like an insta post. It helps in making cooking real easy and simple especially for working professionals who are hard pressed for time. From sautéing the masala to cooking of the dal all can be done in a single pot and there is no need to monitor the number of whistles.

Serve Punjabi Toor Dal Tadka Recipe along with Baingan Ka Bharta,  Phulka and Lachedar Kakdi Pyaz Kachumber for a nutritious and satisfying meal. 

If you like this recipe, you can also try other Dal recipes such as

  1. Gujarati Dal Recipe
  2. Dal Palak Recipe (Spinach And Lentil Curry)
  3. Dal Makhani Recipe

Cuisine: Punjabi
Course: Lunch
Diet: High Protein Vegetarian
Prep in

10 M

Cooks in

30 M

Total in

40 M


4 Servings


  • 1 cup Arhar dal (Split Toor Dal) , washed and soaked for 15 minutes
  • 1 tablespoon Ghee
  • 1 Onion , finely chopped
  • 1 inch Ginger , finely chopped
  • 6 cloves Garlic , finely chopped
  • 2 Green Chillies , slit
  • 1 Tomato , finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Red Chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon Coriander Powder (Dhania)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garam masala powder
  • Salt , to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon juice
  • Coriander (Dhania) Leaves , a small bunch, finely chopped
  • Ingredients for tadka
  • 1 tablespoon Ghee
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cumin seeds (Jeera)
  • 1 inch Cinnamon Stick (Dalchini)
  • 4 cloves Garlic , thinly sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon Red Chilli powder

How to make Punjabi Toor Dal Tadka Recipe Using Preethi Electric Pressure Cooker

  1. To begin making the Punjabi Toor Dal Tadka Recipe,press the menu option of the electric pressure cooker and keep pressing the plus button till you reach P-15 which is the saute mode. 

  2. Allow the pan to preheat for about 4 minutes. Once the pan is heated, add the ghee, onions, ginger, garlic, green chillies and saute until the onions are soft and slightly golden in color. 

  3. Once done add the tomatoes, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder and salt to taste. Saute until the tomatoes are soft and mushy.

  4. After the tomatoes are soft add the toor dal along with two cups of water. Stir well to combine and cover the pressure cooker. Change the nozzle to the pressure mode. 

  5. Now change the menu option to Dal Mode. To do this press the keep warm option and then the Menu. Press plus button till you reach P-4 the Dal mode.

  6. Once done the electric cooker will go into the "ÖH"mode indicating that the cooking time is completed. Allow the pressure to release naturally. Wait until the red nozzle goes down and then open the pressure cooker. 

  7. Stir in coriander leaves and squeeze juice from one lemon. Keep aside.

For the Tadka
  1. Into a preheated pan add ghee, once the ghee is hot add the cumin seeds, cinnamon stick, garlic and roast until the garlic turns golden brown in color. Once the garlic has turned brown add the red chilli powder and turn off the heat. Pour the tadka over the dal.

  2. Transfer the Punjabi Dal Tadka into a serving bowl and serve hot. 

  3. Serve Punjabi Toor Dal Tadka Recipe along with Baingan Ka Bharta,  Phulka and Lachedar Kakdi Pyaz Kachumber for a nutritious and satisfying meal.