Comfort food thy name is dal – Of course for South Indians it is rasam and rice or lentil rasam (bele saaru as we call it in Kannada) but this restaurant style dal fry is one of the most sought after, easy and delectable dish that goes perfectly with rice, roti or even just to slurp.. come rain, shine or wind.
In most homes, dal is the one thing that’s constant after rice and roti. There are endless possibilities to make dal the most delicious thing in the world. The humble dal, just like the idli is a comfort food yet loaded with proteins and nutrients.
That’s exactly why infants above 6 months are given dal pani ( cooked dal stock) so that it is easier to digest, has nutrients and nourishes the child plus so harmless and comfortable.
Whether it is a rainy day or a hot sultry night, dal is the essence of Indian cuisine and is the most versatile ingredient to work with.
Where I first loved eating dal:
Dal is mostly our first choice when we dine out in most restaurants apart from the other side dishes to go with roti. But till date the best restaurant dal that i’ve liked the most is at Green Leaf restaurant in Mysore that is unbelievably good. The next best is what my aunt makes – which tastes exactly like the one served in green leaf and I was bowled over. I learnt this recipe from her 2 years ago and there’s no count of how many times I’ve made it 🙂 A’s colleague’s love the dal that I make and he carries an extra dabba for his colleagues whenever I pack it for him.
My aunt actually served this dal with jolada rotti( sorghum/maize flat bread), hesarukaalu palya ( green gram curry) and dal. It was so good with jolada rotti that I only ate it with dal and forgot about the other curry.
This restaurant style dal fry is such a delicious thing to eat with roti, or even jeera rice/ghee rice. usually toor dal (pigeon dal) is added to make this, however I have made two more additions ( masoor dal and moong dal) to make it all the more delicious. It not only makes the consistency thicker and slightly creamy but also gives it a great body to serve it as a soup as well. Alongside the other two ingredients, the addition of kasoori methi and an extra half inch of ginger is what makes this dal super special and gives it an extra flavour punch.
So let’s look at the recipe shall we?
Dal Fry | Restaurant Style Dal Fry
Comfort food thy name is dal - Of course for South Indians it is rasam and rice or lentil rasam (bele saaru as we call it in Kannada) but this restaurant style dal fry is one of the most sought after, easy and delectable dish that goes perfectly with rice, roti or even just to slurp.. come rain, shine or wind.
- 1Big OnionFinely Chopped
- 1Medium Sized TomatoFinely Chopped
- 2Cloves garlicMinced
- 1.5Inches GinerGrated
- 4-5Adjust according to your spice pref Green ChilliesSlit
- 1/2Tsp Red Chilli powder
- As needed Salt
- 1Tsp Kasuri MethiCrushed
- 2Tbsp Oil
- 1Tbsp Coriander leavesFinely Chopped for garnish
- 1 Dried Red ChilliOptional for tempering.
- I used ginger and garlic separately, but you're most welcome to use the readymade ginger garlic paste. Adding ginger separately gives it a super flavourful punch.
- You can also add a tbsp of channa dal along with other dals and pressure cook them.