Punjabi Dal Tadka

Dal recipe in Punjabi Style with ginger, green chilli and lemon juice

Archana Doshi
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Punjabi Dal Tadka

Punjabi Dal Tadka Recipe is a very nutritious lentil dish that is very simple to prepare. It can be a very food especially on a tiring day. Served with steamed rice, potato roast and carrot salad, it makes for a simple yet delicious meal for the entire family.

New born babies as old as 6 months are given a diluted version of this Punjabi dal tadka as an introduction to solids and it makes for a healthy staple for small as an important part of their growing diet.

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

  1. Gujarati Dal Recipe
  2. Keerai Sambar Recipe
  3. Dal Makhani Recipe

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

10 M

Cooks in

30 M

Total in

40 M


3 Servings


  • 1 cup Green Moong Dal (Split) , or masoor dal
  • 1 Onion , thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger , grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
  • 1 Tomato , finely chopped
  • Salt , to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon juice
  • 1 cup Coriander (Dhania) Leaves , finely chopped
  • Ingredients for seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon Ghee
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cumin (Jeera) seeds
  • 1 Green Chilli , slit, or 2 dry red chillies

How to make Punjabi Dal Tadka

  1. To begin making the Punjabi Dal Tadka recipe, we will first cook the dal along with turmeric powder, onions, tomatoes, ginger and salt along with 2 cups of water in a pressure cooker or sauce pan till the dal becomes completely soft. See video recipe of how to cook lentils using pressure cooker.

  2. Next, heat the ghee in a heavy bottomed sauce pan, add in the cumin seeds, red/green chillies into it and stir them around, until they are roasted well.

  3. When the cumin begins to crackle, pour the tadka into the cooked dal and stir it around. The consistency of the dal can be adjusted at this stage, by adding water if required. Check for salt required as well, and give the dal a brisk boil.

  4. When done, turn off the heat, stir in the lemon juice and garnish the dal with coriander leaves.

  5. This delicious Punjabi Dal Tadka can be served with rice, parathas or rotis accompanied with Aloo Simla Mirch ki Sabzi and Moong Sprouts Salad.

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Last Modified On Thursday, 13 July 2017 15:28
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