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Tomato Dal Fry

Dal fry is a very popular lentil recipe, made with a single or combination of lentils like toor dal, chana dal, moong dal and masoor dal. For making dal fry, the lentils are first pressure cooked and then combined with a mixture of onion, tomato, garlic, ginger and spices sauteed in ghee. It is usually served with roti/phulka, jeera rice and plain rice.

This tomato dal fry is a slight variation of our regular dal fry. Tomatoes and lentils are cooked together and onion, ginger, garlic and spices are sauteed in butter instead of ghee. I make this dal often for guests and parties, as it takes very less time to put together and the butter adds a rich flavor and aroma to the dal. Serve this dal with phulkas or rice.


{ Tomato and mixed lentils with ginger, garlic, onion and spices }
Serves 3


For the dal:
½ cup masoor dal
¼ cup toor dal
¼ cup chana dal
2 large tomato, chopped
¼ tsp turmeric powder
Salt to taste
1 ½ cup water

For the masala:
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds / jeera
Pinch of asafoetida / hing
2-3 dry red chillies
1 inch cinnamon stick
3-4 garlic cloves, grated
1 inch ginger, grated
2-3 green chillies, finely chopped
1 small-sized onion, finely chopped
½ tsp garam masala
1 tsp kasuri methi / dried fenugreek leaves
Salt to taste
Coriander leaves to garnish


1. Wash the 3 dals together and add tomatoes, turmeric powder, salt and water. Pressure cook for 3 whistles or until soft. Set aside.

2. In a kadai, heat oil and butter. Add mustard seeds and when it crackles add red chillies, asafoetida, cinnamon and jeera.

3. Add garlic, ginger and green chillies and fry in low heat for a minute. Then turn the heat to medium and add onion. Fry till onions turn light golden.

4. Add garam masala, kasuri methi, salt and give a mix. Add the cooked dal and simmer for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and add chopped coriander leaves.

Notes and Tips
  • I hav used butter and oil here but you can substitute with ghee and oil or just use oil alone.
  • The dal is not very spicy. If you want little spicy dal, add more green chillies or red chilly powder.
  •  I like my dal fry with medium thick consistency. If you want thinner dal, add water after adding the dal and adjust the consistency.


  1. comforting dhal..beautiful clicks Sona

  2. dal fry with ghee rice is my favorite :D i loved it

  3. Lovely dal fry, looks very delicious and lip-smacking!

  4. Comfort to have any time..

  5. perfect dhal n roti..yummy clciks

  6. Sounds very tasty and perfect with hot rice... Inviting clicks !

  7. love this combo of dals, next week i might try this.

  8. Tomato dal fry looks delicious Sona. Very nice.

  9. Full of flavor,looks yummy

  10. Love it! comforting food I've to say!

  11. Dal looks mouthwatering and delicious.. Nice clicks!

  12. Comforting and delicious dal.. inviting clicks dear..

  13. Dal fry looks so delicious and inviting.. perfectly made..

  14. Dal is my favourite.. looks yummy.

  15. Perfectly done, looks so tempting with the rotis..

  16. This masoor dal recipe great. i am so gonna try it


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