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How to make Dal Fry – (Restaurant Style Recipe)

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  • Prep Time
    30 Mins
  • Cook Time
    45 Mins
  • Serving
    4 People
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How to make Dal Fry – Restaurant Style

Try out this amazing most liked Indian dish.
Follow the steps of how to make dal fry at home.


About Dal Fry 

‘Dal’ or ‘dahl’ is the Hindi term for lentils, this healthy cuisine is invented from a plant that is a great source of protein.

Dal Fry is one of the common and healthy dish that is cooked in most Indian homes. The Dal fry is the side dish of many Indian households or restaurants, it is loaded with nutrients and also quick to make dish.

Dal Fry is a mixture of lentils with different spices, masalas, herbs, onions, and tomatoes, the Dal is cooked first in a cooker and then it is fried to get a delicious flavor and pleasant aroma.

Different types of lentils were used to make Dal fry like- Moong dal, Chana dal, Masoor dal, and Toor dal. Many Indian families choose lentils and spices according to their taste, though they are different the method of making them all is almost the same.

It can be made in a pressure cooker, regular pot, or stovetop. The spicy mouthwatering Dal Fry is enjoyed with roti, naan, rice, and jeera rice.


Making of Dal Fry ⮞

Preparation Time   ➢      30 minutes

Cook Time              ➢      45 minutes

Serving People       ➢      4 people


Ingredients ⮞

  • Lentils of your choice

– Either Toor Dal ¼ cup
– Or Moong Dal ¼ cup
– Or Masoor Dal ¼ cup

  • 1/ ½ Water
  • 2 tablespoon ghee
  • ¼ tablespoon turmeric powder
  • 1 tablespoon Oil
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 2 red chilies
  • ½ tablespoon asafoetida (Heeng)
  • 4-5 curry leaves
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 2-3 chopped green chilies
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1 tablespoon chopped ginger
  • Tomato – 2 chopped
  • Red chili powder – 2 tablespoon
  • Salt – 2 tablespoon
  • Kasuri methi
  • ½ tablespoon garam masala
  • Few coriander leaves


How to prepare Dal Fry ⮞

1. First, in a bowl take lentils of your choice but I recommend taking either ¼ cup Toor Dal or ¼ cup Moong Dal or ¼ cup Masoor Dal.

2. Wash the Dal properly and then add it to a pressure cooker/pot pour water until the Dal drowns, add ¼ tablespoon turmeric powder now cover the lid of the cooker, turn the flame medium, and wait for 3 whistles.

3. After the 3 whistles turn off the flame keep the cooker aside and let it cool.

4. Now in a Kadai take 2 tablespoons of Ghee and 1 tablespoon oil and allow it to heat in that add 1 tablespoon cumin seeds, 2 red chilies, ½ tablespoon heeng, few curry leaves, mix it.

5. Next add 1 large chopped onion, 2 chopped green chilies, stir it well, add 1 tablespoon chopped garlic, 1 tablespoon chopped ginger, mix all and wait until the onions turn brown.

6. Now add chopped tomatoes cook them till they become soft.

7. After that add ¼ tablespoon turmeric powder, 2 tablespoons red chili powder, 2 tablespoon salt, a few crushed Kasuri methi, mix everything together.

8. Add the cooked Dal and mix it.

9. Add 1/ ½ cups water and leave it to boil for 15 minutes on a medium flame.

10. Lastly, after 15 minutes add ½ tablespoon garam masala and few chopped coriander leaves.

11. Hot Dal Fry is ready to serve.

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How to serve dal fry

It can serve both times either lunch or dinner with Roti, Naan, Rice, or Jeera rice.


What is the difference between Dal Fry and Dal Tadka?

Both the recipes cook differently but the ingredients used are almost the same in both of them. The method of making both the Dal changes the flavor and taste when we eat it.

Dal Fry- Dal Fry is either plain or contains simple ingredients like turmeric, heeng, onion, and tomato that are further left to fry.

Dal Tadka– Dal Tadka contains different ingredients to get an amazing taste and aroma. After the dal is mashed, a tadka is given with different spices, herbs and then the mashed dal is added all are mixed and then served.


Nutrients in Dal

Dal is a bundle of different fiber, vitamins, minerals, and protein. They also contain antioxidant properties that help to fight free radicals that are responsible for inflammation and cancer risks.

Dal provides the benefits of the following nutrients-

  • Calories- 116
  • Protein- 9.02 g
  • Fat- 0.38g
  • Carbohydrates- 20.13g
  • Fiber- 7.9 g
  • Sugar- 1.8g


Which Dal is High in protein?

Moong Dal is one of the extremely light lentils and is one of the high sources of protein.


Which Dal is best for weight loss?

Moong Dal helps in weight loss. The lentil is full of manganese, folate, phosphorous, copper, zinc, and potassium. Moong Dal also contains fiber that keeps you full and prevents overeating. Also, it is a great source of protein that helps in muscle building and keeps your bones strong. So, Moong Dal is the perfect dal for good digestion and weight loss.


Wind up

Go with some healthy cuisine and try out this healthy and palatable dal fry recipe that if combine with your eatables will totally turn the game. We hope that this step-by-step guide on how to make dal fry will help you to prepare dal fry at home easily.

You may also read: Bhindi Masala Recipe



  • Daily Value*
  • Fat: 11g
  • Chlosterols: 26mg
  • Sodium: 659mg
  • Carbohydrates: 47g
  • Protein: 18g
  • Potassium: 892mg

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  • Sharda tiwari

    Very easy recipe, tried it at home my kids loved it wasp ingredients are easy to arrange.

  • Dolly Sharma

    It’s very easy to make restaurant style dal fry by this fabulous recipe. I have read so many recepies but this is different and unique. I tried this at home and i am quite satisfied with this . Ingredients are also easy to arrange. It’s really good and appreciable .??

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