Mix Dal Tadka - No Onion No Garlic

This was made when my family came home for dinner. This we had with steamed rice.  They loved this dal very much. Having dal and steamed rice is a comforting meal.  My daughter wants  a katori of dal with every meal.  She enjoys having it. 


1/3 Cup Tuvar Dal
1/3 Cup Urad Dal
1/3 Cup Moong Dal

For the Tadka

2 Tablespoon Oil
2 Tablespoons Ghee
1.1/2 Teaspoons Cumin Seeds
8 Peppercorns
1/4 Teaspoon Asafoetida
3 Dry Button Red Chillies
A Spring of Curry leaves
3 Green Chillies - slit
1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric powder
1.1/2 Teaspoon Coriander powder
1.1/2 Teaspoon Chilly powder

Wash and soak the dal in water for half hour at least. Then pressure cook them with sufficient water till done.

Heat Oil and ghee in a pan, add the cumin seeds and let them brown a little, then take the pan off the flame add the dried red chillies, asafoetida, 10-15 Curry leaves ( reserve 3 leaves to add as garnish), green chillies, turmeric, coriander and chilly powder, mix everything well and again place it on low flame for a minute. Reserve some of the tadka for garnishing and remaining pour on to the cooked dal. Stir well and place the dal on low flame and let it boil for 10 minutes, stirring in between. Add salt and sugar (Do not skip adding the sugar, for this gives real flavour to the dal without giving any sweetness). Stir well again and check for the consistency you would require. Take off flame. 

Pour it into a serving bowl add the reserved tadka, curry leaves, serve hot with steamed rice and you have a complete delicious meal. Enjoy !!

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Labels : Lentils, Tuvar dal, Urad Dal, Moong dal, Healthy Dinners, Blogging Marathon,Mix Dal Tadka, No Onion No Garlic
sneha datar
sneha datar

Happy Home-maker and culinary enthusiast.


  1. Healthy and easy dal recipe.. Looks nice.

  2. Such a simple, yet comforting and delicious dish.

  3. A comfort food with roti or rice.