There are many versions of this North Indian recipe, as the name literally means spiced, flavored lentils. To make it more healthy I have used a combination of five gems – tur dal, chana dal, moong dal, masoor dal, and urad dal makes this delicious and traditional Dal Tadka. This is quite similar to Dal-Panchmel.
I grew up eating this delicious dal fry with rice and ghee. The dal is flavored with onion, tomato, ginger-garlic and a spice blend made by using black cardamom, clove and pepper. This is very easy to make just mix all the dal together and pressure cook it, then add to the onion-tomato masala.
You can also serve Mixed Tadka Dal with tandoori rotis, parathas or even with plain rice.
Do try other Dal recipes :
Preparation Time: 25mins ∏ Cooking Time: 20mins ∏ Servings: 3-4 person
Level: Beginners (Easy) ∏ Measurement: 1 Cup ≡ 250 ml ≡ 250gm
How to make Mixed Tadka Dal:
Step1: In a bowl add together urad dal, toor dal, moong dal, masoor dal, and chana dal and add water and wash it properly. Wash it 2-3 times and strain the water and then soak it for about 20 minutes in hot water. If you want you can also soak the lentils in water for an hour.
Step4: In a pan add ghee and a little bit of oil. Add hing, cumin seeds, mustard seeds, and let them sizzle.
Step11: Increase the flame to low-medium. Add chopped tomatoes and bring dal to a boil and simmer till the dal thickens a bit, at least for 5-6 minutes. Adjust salt to taste.
- You can choose any dal as per your taste and availability.
- You can also make mixed dal tadka using a mix of 2-3 lentils.
- The consistency of this dal should be on the thicker side. Also keep in mind that dal turns to thick after cooling down, so adjust water accordingly.
- You can also add tomatoes right after adding spices into the onion and saute, then add cooked dal. I like little chunks of tomato in the dal that’s the reason, I have added it later on.