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dal fry ingredients



Dal Fry is a popular Indian dish made from lentils and spices. It originates from the Northern states of India and is a staple in Indian households. Lentils are known for their high protein content and are often considered to be a source of complete protein. This dish is often served with rice or Indian breads like roti or naan, and it makes for a wholesome, nutritious meal.

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yellow or red lentils (dal)

1 cup

onion, finely chopped


tomatoes, finely chopped


green chillies, slit


mustard seeds

1 teaspoon

cumin seeds

1 teaspoon

turmeric powder

1/2 teaspoon

red chilli powder

1/2 teaspoon

garlic, minced

2 cloves

ginger, minced

1 inch piece

Salt, to taste

oil or ghee (clarified butter)

2 tablespoons

Fresh coriander leaves, chopped, for garnish



Step 1:

Rinse the lentils thoroughly until the water runs clear.

Step 2:

Boil the lentils in 3 cups of water with a pinch of salt and turmeric until it is cooked and soft.

Step 3:

Heat the oil or ghee in a pan and add mustard seeds. Once they start popping, add cumin seeds.

Step 4:

Add the chopped onions and green chillies to the pan and sauté until the onions turn translucent.

Step 5:

Add the minced ginger and garlic and continue to sauté for a minute.

Step 6:

Add the chopped tomatoes, red chilli powder, and salt. Cook until the tomatoes are soft and mushy.

Step 7:

Add the cooked lentils to the pan and mix well. Cook for another 5 minutes.

Step 8:

Garnish with fresh coriander and serve hot with rice or Indian bread.

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