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Home style Daal fry / ঘরোয়া ডাল ফ্রাই / Lentil soup with spicy Tempering


I fell in love with 'daal fry' when I first tasted it at a restaurant. A big bowl of daal fry with fresh aroma of coriander leaves and few slices of naan .. very simple equation to make me happy. Yes, you read it right .. no need of non veg stuff with this kind of blissful meal. In India, I never had daal fry at home, always in restaurant. But time flies so quickly. Now I can make it by myself. I didn't use onion and garlic as it was Tuesday, but you can definitely add them in oil while cooking. I have used only 'toor daal', you can use half 'masoor' and half 'toor' also. Try this in your kitchen and enjoy a lovely dinner with your family.


  • 1 cup of toor (yellow) lentil.
  • 1 tomato, chopped.
  • 1 Teaspoon of ginger paste.
  • 1 Teaspoon of chopped ginger.
  • Spice powder (1 Teaspoon of turmeric powder, 1 Teaspoon of red chilli powder, 1 Teaspoon of roasted cumin powder, 1 Teaspoon of roasted coriander powder).
  • Salt and sugar.
  • 1 Teaspoon of black mustard seeds.
  • 1 Teaspoon of cumin seeds.
  • 1 dry red chili.
  • Pinch of hing / asafoetida.
  • Some chopped coriander leaves.
  • 1 bay leaf.
  • Water.
  • 2 Tablespoons of cooking oil.
  • 2 green chilies, chopped.
  • 1 Tablespoon of ghee.

Home style Daal fry / ঘরোয়া ডাল ফ্রাই / Lentil soup with spicy Tempering

Home style Daal fry / ঘরোয়া ডাল ফ্রাই / Lentil soup with spicy Tempering


Wash the lentil very well and soak them in water for 1 - 2 hours.
Heat 2 Tablespoons of oil in a pressure cooker. You can also use saucepan.
Add ginger paste, chopped tomato and some salt into the hot oil.
Cook in medium flame till the tomato becomes mushy.
Add all the above mentioned spice powder except red chili powder. Mix well for 3 minutes.
Now add the soaked lentil. Mix very well with the masala for 2-3 minutes.
Add a cup of water and enough salt and a big pinch of sugar. Give it a good mix and cook until the lentil becomes soft. 2-3 whistles will be good. After that whisk the daal for few seconds to make the consistency smooth. Keep the daal on simmer while preparing the tadka.
For tempering, heat a Tablespoon of Ghee in another pan.
Add bay leaf, dry red chilies, cumin seeds, mustard seeds, chopped ginger. Fry for few seconds. Then turn off the heat and add asafoetida and red chili powder. Saute for few seconds and pour it over the cooked daal.
Lastly add some chopped coriander leaves, mix and turn off the heat.

Additional Info

Recipe Category: Main dishes: Vegetarian
Recipe Cuisine: Indian
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 35 minutes
Serves: 3

Your daal fry is ready.
  • Serve this hot with roti, naan or jeera rice.

Home style Daal fry / ঘরোয়া ডাল ফ্রাই / Lentil soup with spicy Tempering

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