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Daal Tadka: Dhaba Style Recipe


Dhaba dishes are very popular in Indian houses. Foodies love to visit dhaba and grab some delicious and spicy Indian dishes. From snacks, rotis, parathas, curries, sabzis to lassi, we all love to have dhaba food. The use of spices in preparing dhaba recipes make them a major hit in the Indian food market. Many restaurants and expensive hotels fail to bring the same flavour, colour and taste of dhaba food.

If you love dhaba food, then you can try few recipes at home. Daal tadka is a popular vegetarian dhaba recipe that can be prepared easily at home. Use of pulses and Indian spices make it a spicy and delicious side dish. Lets take a look at the recipe to make daal tadka, dhaba style recipe.

Daal tadka, dhaba style recipe:

Serves: 3

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes


  • Toor daal- 1 cup
  • Onion- 2 (finely chopped)
  • Ginger- 1 inch (finely chopped)
  • Garlic pods- 7-8 (minced)
  • Tomato- 1 (finely chopped)
  • Turmeric powder- 1tsp
  • Red chilli powder- 1tsp
  • Dry red chillies- 2
  • Hing- a pinch
  • Panch phoron- 1tsp (consists of fenugreek seed, nigella seed, cumin seed, black mustard seed and fennel seed in equal parts)
  • Cumin seeds- 1tsp
  • Vegetable oil- 1tbsp
  • Ghee- 1tsp
  • Lemon juice- 1tsp
  • Coriander leaves- 2tbsp (finely chopped)
  • Water- 1 cup
  • Salt- as per taste


  • Wash the daal in water until clean. Soak for 15 minutes. Pour the daal with water in a cooker and then add turmeric powder and salt. Pour 1tsp oil and pressure cook for 2-3 whistles. Let the pressure release.
  • Heat ghee in a deep bottomed pan and let it melt. When the ghee heats up, sprinkle hing, dry red chillies, cumin seeds and panch phoron. When they start to crackle, add ginger, garlic and onions.
  • Cook on medium flame till the onion becomes golden brown. Sprinkle little salt and then add tomatoes.
  • Open the pressure cooker lid and take the daal out of it. Whisk it so that the daal dissolves in water.
  • Meanwhile, when the tomatoes cook, add red chilli powder in the pan and then immediately pour the daal. Bring it to boil. If you want to add water, pour little. Stir and boil until it thickens.
  • Pour lemon juice and stir. Put the pan off flame.

Garnish the daal tadka with chopped coriander leaves. Serve it hot with steamed rice or rotis. You can also add raw onions as a salad to enjoy your desi meal.