Dhaba Style Moong Dal Fry

Have you ever tried dal fry in any dhaba or restaurant ? Well, I have many times, and let me tell you it's the best way to eat it, if you're looking for taste in your dal. The best dal fry I've eaten is from a dhaba in Amritsar, but one can't travel to Amritsar everytime they crave dal, can they? So here's a recipe of the perfect dhaba style dal fry to fulfil that craving.


Table of Content

  1. What is Moong Dal Fry?
  2. Quick and Easy Moong dal fry
  3. Benefits of having nutrient rich moong dal fry
  4. How to make Dhaba style moong dal fry  
  5. Expert Tips   
  6. Recipe Card   


What is Moong Dal Fry?

Dal fry is a delicacy in North India. Unlike the name suggests, dal fry isn't just fried lentils. The name comes from the second tadka, that is added on top of the dal in the serving bowl itself, right before it is eaten. The second tadka is simple hot ghee or oil, with some sliced garlic, whole chillies and chilli powder. This tadka poured over the dal is the defining feature of a dal fry. This gives dal fry the added flavour and spice of the tadka which makes it so delicious and decadent.


Quick and Easy Moong dal fry

Dal fry, according to me, is the best way to make your dal taste the best. With the quick tadka in the end that takes about 30 seconds to prepare, your dal can go from good to amazing and leave a smile on the face of anyone who has it. 


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    Benefits of having nutrient rich moong dal fry: reasons that will make you eat moong dal daily!

    Green Moong Dal is rich in complex carbohydrates & fibre. Complex carbohydrates balance the quick rise of sugar level after the meals, stabilising the energy level, whereas fibre supports digestion. People with high sugar levels must include it in their diet.  


    How to make Dhaba Style Moong Dal Fry?

    1) Start by cooking your dal. For this add water in a pani with salt and turmeric and let it come to a boil. Once the water is boiling, add the dal in and let it cook on low heat for 15 minutes, covered partially. After 15 minutes stir the dal to check if it is cooked, cover it and keep it aside. In a separate kadai, start to prepare your tadka
    Dal Tadka Fry

    2) Add ghee and oil to the Meyer Kadai and let it heat. To the hot ghee, add cumin seeds and let them sputter. Next, add chopped garlic and ginger and let them cook. Then add some chopped onions, followed by red chilli and turmeric powder and season to taste with salt.
    Dal Tadka Fry

    3) Saute for a bit and then add a splash of water to deglaze the pan. Mix the tadka with the dal and set it aside in a bowl.
    Dal Tadka Fry

    4) Prepare the second tadka in a small stainless steel pot. Add ghee and oil to the pot on high heat. Put in some sliced garlic, kashmiri chilli and red chilli powder.
    Dal Tadka Fry

    5) Mix the ghee and spices together and pour the hot tadka over the dal, Serve it as it without mixing.
    Dal Tadka Fry


    Expert Tips

    1) Make sure to taste and check the consistency of the dal after cooking it in the water.

    2) Make sure to be cautious while pouring the second tadka as it sputters a lot.

    3) Keep in mind to prepare the tadka just when you’re about to serve.


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