Dal Fry

Dal Fry
Dal Fry

Dal Fry is my dish of choice when I have to order lunch at work. It is a simple yet versatile dish that goes with well with both rice and rotis. Also, there is comfort to be had in a dish of warm dal fry. I like to eat it best with jeera rice or just by itself. The restaurant near my work place makes a wonderful dal fry, and when I ask him to make it teekha (spicy), the cooks there oblige with a generous dose of green chillies. 🙂

The recipe I am posting here is my sister-in-law’s. She made this dish on a Sunday recently. I just photographed it and am posting her recipe here.


  1. Tuvar Dal or Kandi Pappu – 1 Cup
  2. Tomato – 1 Medium
  3. Onion – 1 Medium
  4. Ginger Garlic Paste – 1 tsp
  5. Green Chillies – 2
  6. Red Chilli Powder – 1/2 tsp
  7. Turmeric – 1/8 tsp
  8. Ghee – 1 tbsp
  9. Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp
  10. Salt to Taste
  11. Fresh Coriander for Garnish


  1. Soak the Tuvar Dal in 2 Cups water for about 30 to 60 minutes.
  2. Pressure cook the dal for 4 whistles or till it is completely mashed.
  3. With a heavy ladle, mash the dal completely.
  4. Chop the tomato into fine pieces.
  5. Chop the onion into 1/2″ pieces.
  6. Chop the green chillies into fine pieces.
  7. In a heavy bottomed vessel, heat the oil.
  8. Add the mustard seeds and wait till they splutter.
  9. Add the onion pieces and fry till transparent.
  10. Add the tomato pieces and stir fry till the tomato pieces are soft.
  11. Add the ginger-garlic paste and fry for 2 minutes.
  12. Add the green chillies, red chilli powder, and turmeric.
  13. Stir fry for 2 minutes.
  14. Add the mashed dal, salt, and 1/2 cup water to the onion-tomato mix.
  15. Mix well and let cook for about 5 minutes.
  16. Garnish with coriander leaves.
  17. Serve hot with jeera rice or rotis.


  1. This is one of my most, most favourite dish :-). Thanks for the recipe. Looks yummy. Cant wait to make it 🙂


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