Tadka Daal(Tempered Lentils Recipe)

  • PrepTime: 15 Mins
  • CookTime: 60 Mins
  • TotalTime: 1 Hrs 15 Mins


  1. 1 cup Toor or Tuvar Daal (look below for picture and description)
  2. 1 large tomato cut into cubes
  3. 1 teaspoon ginger paste
  4. 1 teaspoon garlic paste
  5. Salt to taste
  6. 1 tablespoon vegetable/ sunflower/ canola cooking oil
  7. 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  8. 3 tablespoons melted ghee (clarified butter)
  9. 1 teaspoon Paanch Phoran (see recipe below)
  10. 10 curry leaves
  11. 2 slit green chilies
  12. 1/2 teaspoon asafetida powder


  1. Thoroughly wash the Toor/ Tuvar Daal and put into a pressure cooker. Add 2 cups of water to it. Now add the chopped tomato, ginger, garlic pastes, salt to taste, 1 tbsp of cooking oil and turmeric powder to it. Stir well.
  2. Cover the pressure cooker and set on the stove at a high flame. After the first 'whistle'/ pressure release, reduce the flame to simmer and cook for 2 more 'whistles'/ pressure releases. Turn off the fire and release the pressure from the cooker. Now open the pressure cooker and stir the boiled lentils well to blend into a smooth soup-like consistency. If it is too thick, add some warm water and stir till the consistency is right. Heat the Daal through again. It should be piping hot before you carry out the next step in the recipe.