Dal fry recipe

Dal fry recipe
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Diet : Vegetarian
Total time : 35 mins
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Dal fry recipe

Summary Not available
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Diet: Vegetarian
Keyword: 30-60 min, Healthy Vegetarian Recipes, Indian Home Style, North India
Person: 3
Calories: 509kcal


  • 300 g dal
  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • 5 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp hing )
  • 2 chilli
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 5 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 300 ml water
  • 2 teaspoon methi
  • 5 curry leaves
  • 1 tbsp lime juice


  • Preparation Add 1 cup dal to a pot or cooker
  • Rinse it well a few times until water runs clear
  • (optional – To cut down the cook time, soak them for 30 minutes and drain the water
  • ) To cook in pressure cooker: Pour 2½ cups water
  • Pressure cook on a medium heat for 2 to 3 whistles
  • When the pressure releases, open the lid and mash the dal slightly
  • To cook in pot: Add dal to a heavy bottom pot and pour 3 cups water & bring it to a boil
  • Simmer until soft & mushy adding more hot water as needed
  • How to make dal fry Heat a pan with ghee, oil or butter
  • Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and dried red chili
  • When the spices begin to splutter, add hing
  • Next add onions and green chilies
  • Saute until the onions turn golden
  • Add ginger garlic and saute until the raw smell of ginger garlic goes off
  • This takes about a minute
  • Then add tomatoes and salt
  • Saute on a medium flame until tomatoes turn soft
  • Add red chili powder, garam masala and turmeric
  • Saute for 2 mins till the masala begins to smell good & leaves the pan
  • Add the mashed dal & mix well
  • Pour more water as needed to bring it to a desired consistency
  • (watch video) Cook until the dal begins to bubble well
  • When dal fry reaches the desired consistency, crush kasuri methi in your palms and add it
  • Taste test and add more salt if needed
  • Garnish with coriander leaves
  • Serve dal fry with rice, roti, butter naan or paratha
  • When the temperature comes down slightly squeeze in some lemon juice
  • Instant pot dal fry Press the SAUTE button instant pot and pour ghee to the steel insert
  • When the ghee melts, add the cumin, red chilli & mustard (optional)
  • As soon as the spices pop, add hing, green chilli & onions
  • Saute for 2 mins and then fry ginger garlic for 30 seconds
  • Add in tomatoes and salt
  • Saute until the tomatoes turn soft and mushy
  • Stir in red chilli powder, turmeric and garam masala
  • Add rinsed dal and pour 3 cups water
  • Press CANCEL button
  • Mix well and scrape the bottom with the spatula to release any bits of food stuck
  • Optional – You can also place a long legged trivet and then place your rice bowl and cover
  • Secure the Instant pot with the lid
  • Set the steam vent to sealing position
  • Press the PRESSURE COOK button, high pressure and set the timer to 8 minutes
  • When the IP beeps wait for the natural release for 10 mins
  • Mash the dal to suit your liking
  • Then add kasuri methi and coriander leaves
  • Taste test and add more salt if needed
  • If you like thinner consistency you can add little hot water and mix
  • Sprinkle some lemon juice over the dal fry & serve with rice


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Calories: 509kcal | Carbohydrates: 72g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 799mg | Potassium: 1289mg | Fiber: 34g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 776IU | Vitamin C: 91mg | Calcium: 121mg | Iron: 11mg

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