Monday, 11 August 2008

Tadka Dal ~ Tempered Lentils, and Awards

Tadka Dal or Dal Tadka is a popular dal prepared in Northern India. Lentils are prepared daily in an Indian home. The word 'Dal' derives from the Sanskrit term to 'Split'. Dal is preparations of pulses which have been stripped of their outer hulls or splits. Tadka Dal gets its name from its way of preparing the dal. The standard preparation of dal begins with boiling a dal with added spices and then in end adding a Tadka / Tarka/ Chaunk/ Baghaar at the end of the cooking process. Tadka dal can be served with rotis, naan or with simple plain rice.

1/2 Cup Toor Dal / Tuvar Dal/ Arhar Dal
1/2 Cup Moong Dal (Yellow split dal)
1/4 Cup Split Masoor Dal (Red Lentils)
1 Chopped Onion
1 Chopped Tomato
1 Tablespoon of Ginger - Garlic paste
1 Teaspoon of Red Chilly powder
1 Teaspoon of Coriander - Cumin seed powder
1 Teaspoon of Turmeric powder
1 Teaspoon of Cumin seeds
3-4 Curry leaves
1 Red whole chilly
2 Tablespoon of Ghee
1 Tablespoon of Coriander leaves
Salt to taste

1. Soak all dals for 1-2 hours in a water. Once they are soaked, drain the water and then pressure cook the dals and keep the cooked dals aside.
2. Heat a deep vessel with ghee. Once the ghee is hot add Onions, ginger-garlic paste and curry leaves. Saute the onions till they are transparent.
3. Add tomaties, red chilly powder, turmeric powder, corinader-cumin seed powder. Cook till ghee leaves the vessel.
4. Now add the cooked dal and salt and mix well. Let it cook on a low flame for few minutes.
5. Once cooked, now prepare the tempering. Heat ghee in a vaghaariyun (tempering vessel). Add cumin seed and red whole chilly. Once the seeds starts spluttering sprinkle the Tadka on the dal.
6. Garnish the dal with chopped coriander leaves and serve it with roti, naan or simple plain rice.


My friend Rekha of Rekha's Kitchen passed me this great Brillante weblog premio-2008.
Thank you so much, Rekha for considering me worthy for this award.

Brilliant Weblog is a prize given to sites and blogs that are smart and brilliant both in their content and their design. The purpose of the prize is to promote as many blogs as possible in the blogsphere.
Here are the rules to follow :- When you receive the prize you must write a post showing it, together with the name of who has given it to you, and link them back. Choose a minimum of 7 blogs (or even more) that you find brilliant in their content or design. Show their names and links and leave them a comment informing they were prized with ‘Brilliant Weblog’. Show a picture of those who awarded you and those you give the prize (optional). All the bloggers have wonderful work and content in their blog and all deserve to get this. As per the rules I would like to pass this award to my fellow bloggers mentioned below:(and these are in no particular order, and I could go on and on seeing how their are so many blogs I love but that would take me forever)Enjoy your awards and please pass it on to other and this is my turn to pass this award.

I am going to pass this to my fellow Brilliant Bloggers:






Vegetable Platter




Congratulation girls


My friend Priti has also passed me the Blogging Forever Award, thanks for considering me your Friend forever

Blogging Friends Forever Award


Indian Khana 11 August 2008 at 15:41  

Dal looking gud...Congrats for all the award and Thanks for passing it to me too :) I'll collect soon...extend the expiry date please ;)

ST 11 August 2008 at 16:14  

Dal looks good and delicious.....Thanks a lot dear for the award...

Unknown 11 August 2008 at 16:49  

Dal looks nice & amazing... Thxs a ton dear for the award...

notyet100 11 August 2008 at 17:10  

thnks a lotz for the award,..tadka dal looksncie,..jus need bowl ofrice to eat dal,.

Deepthi Shankar 11 August 2008 at 18:01  

Dal looks nice .. comfort food for me .. Thanks so much purva for thinking of me .. Iam Glad ..

Trupti 11 August 2008 at 18:14  

Hey Purva, Congrats on all awards. Dal looks very yummyyyyyy.

Unknown 11 August 2008 at 19:43  

Congratulations on your awards.Dhal is the ultimate comfort food,looks yummy :)

Unknown 11 August 2008 at 20:45  

pls check my blog.. surprise is there..

Madhavi 12 August 2008 at 02:29  

Yummy yummy dal Purva, mouthwatering entey!!! Congratulations on ur award, u deserve it :) Thank you so much for thinkin' of me and thanxxx for the meme too :)) will do it soon..

Lakshmi 12 August 2008 at 02:41  

Tadka dal is a one of the comfort have an award on my blog too..

Shreya 12 August 2008 at 05:37  

Hi Purva, so comforting:-) Never knew of the origin of the word Dal. Interesting info. Love the combo of the three Dals. I have never made it this way (usually combine Moong dal and toor only). Will make this, but will also avoid ghee:D Thanks so much for thinking of me and passing the award to me, Purva. It means a lot to me!

Sukanya Yogesh 12 August 2008 at 06:10  

Yum Yum Dal.....always reminds you of Home(India)doesnt it?

lubnakarim06 12 August 2008 at 07:40  

Congratulations for award. Tadka dal looks yum.

Nidhi 12 August 2008 at 08:12  

Your dal looks gud..I like dals cooked in any combination. Chana and Moong dal together come out very well.

Congrats for your awards.

Anisheetu 12 August 2008 at 08:52  

Wonderful dish... congrats on the Award... U have one more on my blog...

Jaishree Iyer 12 August 2008 at 10:37  

Purva,Congrats for all the award and Thanks so much for thinking of me and passing the award to me.Dal looks good and delicious.....

Indranee Batabyal 12 August 2008 at 11:47  

Hello Purva, first time to your blog...wonderful recipes and congrats on your awards!

Dershana 12 August 2008 at 12:52  

Purva, I've tagged you. scroll

EC 12 August 2008 at 14:25  

I have a small treat for you here...

Trupti 12 August 2008 at 16:29  

hey purva check my blog for treat

Purva Desai 14 August 2008 at 15:05  

Thank you all....
Nidhi thanks for sharing I will try by adding chana dal next time...
Indranee thanks for visiting my blog...
Keep in touch


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