Tadka Dal

Lentils are by far one of  the most important source of protein in addition to being a great source of iron as well.  Lentils are available in different colours – yellow, red, brown and green.
The red lentils used in this recipe is easy and quick to prepare and has a great taste and flavour.  It turns yellow when cooked.
Lentil dishes can be eaten as accompaniments to main dishes and eaten with rice!

This is one of my husband’s recipes and a family favourite! too!!!

Ingredients to make 6 serves

2 Cups Red Lentils (Dal)
4 Cups hot water
1 pinch Turmeric
1 Tsp Red Chilli Powder
2 Tsp Salt

Seasoning Ingredients

6 Tbs Oil
1 Large Onion ( Finely Chopped)
2 Pods Garlic (Optional )- Finely chopped)
2 Small Green Chillies
1 Tsp Cumin Seeds

Garnishing Ingredients

1 Small Tomato (chopped in cubes)
1 Inch piece Fresh Ginger (finely chopped)
1 small bunch Chopped Fresh Coriander Leaves

Tadka Dal Red Lentils Recipe

Tadka Dal


Wash and cook the lentils (Dal)  in hot water in an open based pan for about 6 minutes till it is soft and is cooked. Add the pinch of turmeric , red chilli powder and salt to the cooked lentils.


Heat the oil in a pan and add the chopped onions,, garlic , green chillies and fry for about 3 minutes.
Pour the seasoning mix on to the lentils.


Garnish the dish with the chopped tomato and the finely chopped ginger.

The Dal is now ready to be served hot with Bread (rotis) or Rice