Arhar Dal Veg recipes

Tadka Arhar Dal Recipe

This spicy Arhar Dal cooking recipe is perfect for winter with a balance between simple spices and tangy mix of onion and tomatoes.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Bengali
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 People


  • 1/4 cup Arhar Dal/Toor Dal/Split Pigeon Pea Dal
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1/4 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 2 tbsp Mustard Oil/Sunflower Oil
  • 2 Green Chilies
  • 1 Onion Large-Finely Chopped
  • A pinch of Hing or Asafoetida
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • Salt To Taste
  • 4 Cloves of Garlic
  • 2 Tomatoes Small-Finely Chopped
  • 1 tbsp Curry Leaves


  1. Pressure cook the lentils/daal with water, salt and turmeric powder. Cook till it whistles 4-5 times. Allow it to cool.
  2. Heat Oil in a pan and temper it with Hing, Cumin Seeds, Curry Leaves and Green Chilies.

  3. Once they splutter, add the chopped Onion, Garlic and Tomatoes. Fry it till they become mushy. Once so, add the cooked dal and give it a good stir.

  4. Once it has come to a boil once, check for the salt and add as per requirement. Also adjust the consistency for the dal as per your needs.
  5. If you choose to add some water, then allow it to boil once before you turn it off and serve.
  6. You may add some chopped Coriander leaves on top as you serve with Rice.