Dal Tadka (Indian Lentils)

If you are intimidated by cooking Indian food, this is a great place to start. Dal is packed with protein and nutrients, easy to make, and full of flavor. It’s sort of a mix between soup and curry, definitely as comforting as either!

cozy comforting dal tadka indian lentils


  • 1 cup orange dried lentils, washed & drained.
  • 1/2-1 serrano chile
  • 1 tomato
  • 1/2 red or white onion
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp garam masala (optional)
  • 1 tsp salt, add more to taste
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tbsp minced ginger
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1-2 dried chillis (optional)
  • Handful of cilantro


  1. Start by cooking your chopped onions in a bit of oil on medium-low heat. After about 5 minutes, add in your garlic, ginger, and serrano for 1 minute.
  2. Add in your chopped tomatoes, and the chili powder, turmeric, coriander, garam masala, and salt. Cook for another few minutes.
  3. Add your lentils and about 3 cups of water. You may need to adjust the water or add more later. If you have a pressure cooker, set the timer to 10 minutes. Otherwise, you can cook on the stovetop at a simmer for about 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Once your dal resembles a porridge-like consistency, you can make the tadka. Heat up some butter in a separate pan with your dried chilies, garlic, and cumin seeds. Make sure to not burn the butter, you really just want to infuse the flavors into the butter.
  5. Pour this into your dal and add in fresh cilantro. Serve with paratha, naan, rice, or have it on its own!

If you want to try cooking Indian food, this is a great recipe to try. Super easy, protein packed and comforting. #recipe

♬ love nwantinti (ah ah ah) – CKay

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