Side Dishes

Dal Fry | Restaurant Style Dal Fry

Learn how to make restaurant style dal fry with this simple recipe

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. 

Learn how to make restaurant style dal fry with this simple recipe.

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.

Learn how to make restaurant style dal fry with this simple recipe

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.

Learn how to make restaurant style dal fry with this simple recipe

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?

Learn how to make restaurant style dal fry with this simple recipe
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. 
Learn how to make restaurant style dal fry with this simple recipe
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. 
Servings Prep Time
4People 15Minutes
Cook Time
20Minutes
Servings Prep Time
4People 15Minutes
Cook Time
20Minutes
Ingredients
Pressure Cook
To fry and temper
Instructions
Pressure cook
  1. Wash the dals and pressure cook them by adding turmeric powder and water for 3-4 whistles until they're completely cooked. Let it cool.
To fry and temper
  1. In a wide bottomed pan, heat oil and add cumin seeds, once it splutters add the red chilli ( take a small portion of this tadka and keep it aside). Now add the garlic, green chillies, onion and saute till translucent.
  2. Now add the tomatoes and fry till they turn mushy. Add the red chilli powder and give it a quick stir. Now add the cooked dal, salt and mix well. Bring to a boil on medium low heat.
  3. Add in the kasoori methi and grated ginger. Give it a quick mix. Simmer for 3-4 minutes and turn off the stove. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and pour the remaining cumin, red chilli tadka over it. Serve hot with jeera rice/ ghee rice/ plain steamed rice or roti.
Recipe Notes
  • 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. 
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