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Punjabi Urad Dal Tadka Recipe (Tempered White Lentils)

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Urad dal tadka (tempered white lentils)

Urad dal tadka (tempered white lentils)

Urad dal tadka is a popular Punjabi dish of tempered white lentils. Commonly sold from dhabas (roadside eateries), this dish is typically eaten with an Indian flatbread like roti or paratha. It can also be served with rice, in which case the dal should be made thinner.

Cook Time

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15 min

30 min

45 min

3-4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup urad dal (white lentils), split, skinned, and soaked in water for 30 minutes
  • 1 inch piece ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon haldi (turmeric powder)
  • 1/4 teaspoon heeng (asafoetida powder)
  • 500 ml water
  • 3 tablespoons desi ghee (clarified butter)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon grated garlic
  • 2 tablespoons tomato puree
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon dhania (coriander powder)
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 3-4 whole dry red chillies
  • 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons kasuri methi (dry fenugreek leaves), optional

Instructions

  1. Soak the urad dal for 30 minutes prior to cooking.
  2. Put dal in the pressure cooker. Add in 500 ml water and the sliced ginger, salt, haldi powder, and heeng powder.
  3. Close the cooker, keep the heat on full, and at the first whistle put off the heat.
  4. Open the cooker when the pressure subsides. Check the dal; it should be soft.
  5. Keep the cooker on a low heat now while you make the tadka on another burner.
  6. In a tadka pan, add desi ghee. Keep the heat on high. Once the ghee melts, add the chopped onions.
  7. Stir a few times and add the optional kasuri methi. Saute till the onions turn light brown.
  8. Add the grated garlic. Reduce heat to low and saute till garlic turns a little brown. Add the red chilli powder, dhania powder, and garam masala.
  9. Raise heat to medium and saute the spices for about 1 minute.
  10. Add the tomato puree and stir for about 30 seconds. The tadka (tempering) should be ready.
  11. Pour the tadka in the dal, saving a little for garnishing.
  12. Stir the tadka and transfer the dal to a serving bowl.
  13. Garnish the dal with the saved tadka and serve hot with rice, roti, paratha, or naan.

Punjabi Urad Dal Tadka Recipe (Tempered White Lentils)

© 2020 Rajan Singh Jolly

Comments

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on August 03, 2020:

Lentils taste great anyway. Thank you, Peggy.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 03, 2020:

I have never noticed white lentils for sale in stores. I will have to see if they are available at Phoenicia, a store that sells items from all around the world. If not, regular brown lentils would taste delicious with the other ingredients you mentioned in this article. Thanks!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 29, 2020:

Thanks for appreciating the recipe, Liz.

Liz on July 28, 2020:

Perfect recipe. Now I don’t have to go to the Indian Restaurant for delicious Tadka! Thank you Mr. Sing Jolly.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 29, 2020:

Glad you like the recipe and dish, Devika. Thank you.

Devika Primic on April 29, 2020:

I like lentils and your idea is interesting. Food ideas are always appetizing.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 27, 2020:

Much appreciated, Bill. My regards to Bev and you. Stay safe and well.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 27, 2020:

I can understand your unfamiliarity with this, Pamela. Hope you can give this Indian style lentils a try. Thank you.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on April 27, 2020:

This looks like a different recipe that I have not eaten before, but it looks good I do like lentil beans. Thanks for sharing another good reipce, Rajan.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 27, 2020:

I hope this finds you well. Bev says thank you for the recipe. Have a superb week ahead, my friend.