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dal fry



Dal Fry is a popular Indian dish made from lentils and a blend of spices. It is commonly served with rice or Indian breads like roti or naan. Dal Fry is a part of the regular Indian meal and is also served in most Indian restaurants. Lentils are high in protein and are considered to be an excellent source of nutrition. The dish gets its distinctive taste from the tempering of spices fried in ghee or oil, which is poured over the cooked dal.

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1 cup

vegetable oil or ghee

2 tablespoons

cumin seeds

1 teaspoon

medium onion, finely chopped


green chillies, slit


cloves garlic, crushed


inch piece ginger, crushed


turmeric powder

1/4 teaspoon

red chilli powder

1/2 teaspoon

coriander powder

1 teaspoon

garam masala powder

1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Chopped cilantro for garnish



Step 1:

Wash the lentils thoroughly and pressure cook until soft.

Step 2:

Heat oil or ghee in a pan and add cumin seeds.

Step 3:

Add chopped onions and green chillies. Saute until onions are golden brown.

Step 4:

Add crushed garlic and ginger and saute for a couple of mins.

Step 5:

Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder and saute for a min on low flame.

Step 6:

Add cooked lentils, garam masala, salt and stir to mix well. Add some water if needed and simmer for 5 minutes.

Step 7:

Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve hot with rice or roti.

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