Monday, November 10, 2014

Recipe: Garlic Dal Tadka

This is one of my favorite dal recipes because it has a great kick of garlic and spice. This is a very healthy recipe that uses minimum oil and maximum flavor. The lentils give it a huge protein kick, and garlic has so many hidden nutritional benefits. I particularly love this recipe when I am sick - it's like an Indian comfort food that is good for the body and soul. Eating garlic regularly can help reduce colds by 63%, and if you are already sick, it minimizes the severity of the common cold. Not to mention - much like turmeric - garlic can help prevent Alzheimer's disease.

Madh Mama's Garlic Dal Tadka

Serves 4-6 people


- 1 cup toor dal
- 1 head of garlic, crushed
- 1 red onion
- 3 tbsp sunflower oil
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 1 tbsp mustard seeds
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 sprig of fresh curry leaves
- 2 red chillies (ripped up)
- 1/2 cup fresh coriander (to garnish)

- garlic crusher
- pressure cooker
- large saute pan


Wash the dal and put it in the pressure cooker with 2 cups of water, salt and turmeric.

Pressure cook it for 3-5 long whistles.

Take the pressure cooker off the heat and keep it aside so it cools down (about 20 mins).

Chop the onion and keep aside. Crush the garlic and keep aside.

After the pressure cooker has cooled down, open it up and place it on medium heat and add 2 cups of water and stir. Mash the dal and let it boil.

Take another pan and heat up the oil for the seasoning on medium heat.

Throw in the mustard seeds, and when they start to crackle, add the red chillies and cumin.

When the cumin starts to brown, add the chopped onions.

Let the onions cook halfway and then add the crushed garlic and curry leaves. Be careful that the garlic does not burn.

After a few minutes, add this mixture to the boiling dal. Keep it boiling for an additional 5 minutes.

Before serving, stir in fresh coriander.

And voila!

This dal goes well with roti/rice, and it goes along beautifully with Aloo Jeera.



  1. Hi Alexandra! I'm an Indian girl, newly married and learning to cook.. I follow this recipe to make dal and my husband and neighbours just love it. Just thought id let you know! Thanks for the recipe :)

    1. Thank you so much! I'm so glad you liked it! :)))))))))


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