Dal Fry

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Dal fry is the delicacy of North india. I have already put up Dalithoy and Rasam which are purely South Indian delicacies , but this Masala Dal is something unique and tastes heavenly. For this dish I use four types of Lentils namely Tuvar Dal, Split Green gram Dal, Chickpeas Dal and Masoor Dal in a specified proportion. Some prepare this dish only with Tuvar dal. With the combination of theses four Lentils it really tastes something different and great. So even if you have your regular Dal Fry recipe that uses just 1-2 types of Dal, this should be something on your to-do list.

What you need to have:

1. Tuvar Dal 1/2 cup

2. Chick peas Dal 1Table spoon

3. Green gram Dal 1 Table spoon

4. Masoor Dal 1 Table spoon

Ingredients of Masala Dal

Ingredients of Seasoning:

1. Onion (medium) 2

2. Tomato(optional) 1

3. Green chillies 2

4. Ginger chopped 1/4 Teaspoon

5. Garlic cloves chopped 1/4 Teaspoon

6. Corriander leaves 2 Teaspoon

7. Chilli powder 1/4 Teaspoon

8. Turmeric powder 1/2 Teaspoon

9. Garam Masala powder 1/4 Teaspoon

10. Cumin seeds 1/2 Teaspoon

Ingredients of Seasoning

What you do with what you have:

1. Peal and chop onions, green chillies, garlic, cloves, tomatoes and coriander leaves fine as shown in the image above and keep it aside.

2.Wash and soak all the four Lentils in water for about 20 minutes. Add a pinch of Turmeric powder, 2 teaspoons of cooking oil and cook in the cooker as usual till done. Cooked Dals would be as shown in the image below.

Cooked Lentils

3. Place a broad based skillet on the flame with either cooking oil or a mixture of clarified butter and ghee in it. On heating add cumin seeds. On sputtering, add chopped onions from step 1, turmeric powder (optional for additional flavor since you have already added earlier on) and required quantity of salt to it. Fry till it turns transparent.

4. When done add chopped tomatoes and stir it in such a way that it is mixed well with the onions. Add chopped ginger, garlic and green chillies from step 1 to it and lastly add any remaining turmeric powder, chilli powder, Garam masala powder and stir well. This seasoning mix is as shown in the image below.

The Seasoning

5. Mix cooked Lentils from step-2 to the above seasoning and bring it to boil on a low flame stirring continuously adjusting the consistency adding required quantity of water to it. Add chopped corriander leaves from step 1 and serve hot with either rice or even rottis. Ready to serve Dal fry is as shown in the image below.

Ready to serve Dal Fry (with Tomato)

Ready to serve Dal fry (without Tomatoes)

Good to remember:

1. With tomatos, the Dal Fry can be become tangy and overshadow some of the flavor coming out of the mixture of the 4 types of Lentils. So whether you want to add tomatos is entirely up to taste.


23 thoughts on “Dal Fry

    Geetha from Sirsi said:
    September 28, 2008 at 4:10 am

    hi this looks real good!all these days i used try this with leftover dal;) now i can try out a original,fresh recipe..:) will let u know how it turns out! bye till then….

    prathibalrao responded:
    September 28, 2008 at 5:16 am

    Hi Geetha,

    Thanx a lot 4 ur comments.

    HM Chowdhury said:
    October 10, 2008 at 3:35 am

    Dal Fry Is Must test………..

    Sent me Your Next recipe….

    prathibalrao responded:
    October 10, 2008 at 4:08 am

    Hi HM

    Please do try and lemme know.

    shubha said:
    February 11, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    This is looking great and everyone in my home loves dal fry and I will give it a try..

      prathibalrao responded:
      February 17, 2012 at 11:03 am

      Hi Shubha,

      Thanx a lot for ur comments. Do give a feed back on preparing the dish.

    gee said:
    February 23, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Hi Pratibha akka,
    Sure this will taste grate.Today I will be preparing for dinner.Please post all type of daals you know.My son is a big fan of these north indian daala and also our dalitoy.Thank u for this post.

      prathibalrao responded:
      February 23, 2012 at 4:09 pm

      Hi Geetha,

      Who is this gee??????? Where do you hail from??????I have put up Lasooni dal, Green masala dal , Dalithoy and Dal fry. Please confirm who you are??

        Geeta Pai said:
        February 23, 2012 at 4:56 pm

        Sorry Akka,
        before typing my full name I operated the enter button.I am Geeta Pai from Bangalore.I have tried your green masala daal already and still remember the great taste.I have told my friends and colleagues to try this.I am eager to taste your daalfry today.Thank u very much.

        prathibalrao responded:
        February 23, 2012 at 9:14 pm

        Hi Geetha,

        Please do send me the feed back as and when you try out recipes from here. Your comments is a real encouragement to me. Please pass on the link of this blog among your friends and encourage them to send me the feed back. It can be for or against the recipes which is well accepted.

    Geeta Pai said:
    February 26, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    ಹಲ್ಲೋ ಅಕ್ಕಾ,
    ದಾಲ್ ಫ್ರೈ ನಿಜಕ್ಕೂ ತುಂಬಾ ಚೆನ್ನಾಗಿತ್ತು.ಧನ್ಯವಾದಗಳು
    Dal fry was really delicious,thank you very much. Tomorrow Oats upma is for our breakfast.I will let you know.

      prathibalrao responded:
      February 26, 2012 at 9:11 pm

      Hi Geetha,

      Thanx a lot for youe feed back. Do pass on the link of this blog among your friends community please.

    vanessa said:
    March 15, 2012 at 7:09 am

    This was just delicious!!!

    Tejaswini said:
    May 22, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    This is the best dal fry I have tasted outside of a restaurant. Thank you very much Prathibha ji!!

      prathibalrao responded:
      May 22, 2012 at 9:30 pm

      Hi Tejaswini,

      Thanx a lot for your encouraging feed back which is most welcome.

    urvashi said:
    June 19, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Hi I have prepared this Dal Fry and it was amazing, had a guest at home and they loved too, thanks ever so much for recipe recipie

    Your Cookery Book said:
    July 6, 2012 at 4:31 am

    I love dal fry and family loves too.

      prathibalrao responded:
      July 7, 2012 at 9:37 pm


      Did u try this version od Dal fry??????

    Pannaga said:
    October 7, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    I am a big fan of daals… Today i’m gonna try this…. thanks for the recipe…

      prathibalrao responded:
      October 8, 2012 at 7:33 am

      Hi Pannaga,

      Do try out the same and remember to send me da feed back please.

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    Haffa Bexi (Cute Doctor) said:
    December 15, 2014 at 1:04 pm


    prathibalrao responded:
    December 16, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    hi Haffa Bexi,

    Thanx a lot for ur lovely comments….

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