Arhar Dal Fry is a simple and delicious Indian dal recipe made with pigeon peas. Also known as toor dal, it is a popular and utterly simple dal fry recipe across North India. Serve it with chapati or basmati rice for a wholesome lunch. It is a gluten-free, plant-based lentil curry
Arhar Ki Dal is everyday comfort food to which most of us are hooked. It is one dal which without fail accompanies steamed rice or garam garam phulkas for lunch in most Indian households.
My love affair with this too dal started at an early age. Anyone who is familiar with the Kumaoni food culture would understand my fondness for the arhar dal fry.
In most of the Kumaoni households, the lunch menu often consists of dal-bhaat (lentil-rice) and when we say dal, by default, we are referring to arhar ki dal.
There is an unsaid, soul-satiating comfort in mopping up the piping hot arhar dal fry with steamed rice (bhaat) that too sans using any cutlery. And to date, arhar ki dal with rice remains my favorite comfort food, no second thought about it.
Cooking Arhar Dal..
Every cook has its own method or specific dal fry recipe. I am following the method, passed on to me by the senior ladies of our family.
Well, you should note that the original recipe called for heavy-duty brass cookware to cook the dal. I am switching to a pressure cooker because of two reasons. One, I don’t have the brass casserole. Second, I ain’t no patient cook. So this can be called a quick version of the slow-cooked toor dal fry. Double winner!
My heart’s definitely a little overwhelmed right now, as I am sharing this arhar dal recipe with you. There are so many nostalgic food memories connected with this simple dal fry.
And I’m pretty sure that my favorite take on comfort food will forever-and-always be the classic, Arhar Dal Fry that I can’t get enough of — dal-bhaat.
So if you happen to love dal and rice as much as I do, give this recipe a try! I hope you all enjoy this one as much as I do.
More Indian Dal Recipes For You:
If you try this recipe and love it, please leave a comment and a rating. This helps us grow and reach many other food lovers like you, who are looking for a perfect tried and tested recipe.
Arhar Dal Fry Recipe
- Heavy Bottom Kadhai
- 1 Cup toor dal/arhar (pigeon peas)
- 1 Cup onion, fine chopped
- ½ Cup tomato, chopped
- 1 green chili fine chopped
- ½ tablespoon turmeric powder
- Salt to taste
- ½ teaspoon red chili powder
- 1 teaspoon dry mango powder (amchur)
- 1 tablespoon cooking oil
Ingredients for the tempering (tadka)
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- ¼ teaspoon asafoetida (hing)
- 1 tablespoon clarified butter (ghee)
- Clean, rinse and soak dal in enough water. Set aside.
- In a pressure cooker, heat a tablespoon of cooking oil.
- Once the oil is hot enough, add chopped onion and fry till onion turn light brown in color.
- Next add the chopped tomato along with the red chili powder, salt and turmeric powder.
- Fry till tomato turn mushy and the oil separates from the masala.
- Drain water from the soaked dal. Add the dal in the pressure cooker. Stir to mix.
- Fry for a minute or so. Add 2 – 3 Cups of water along with the amchur powder and green chili.
- Close the lid of the pressure cooker. Cook the dal over medium heat for 1 – 2 whistle.
- Turn off the heat. Let the steam release naturally from the pressure cooker.
- Open the lid, if the dal seems too thick, adjust the consistency using lukewarm water.
- Taste and adjust the seasoning accordingly.
- Set the dal to simmer over low heat. Meanwhile, prepare the tadka.
- Heat ghee in a small pan. Add asafoetida and cumin seeds.
- Once the seeds change color and the aroma is released pour the tadka over the dal. Turn off the heat.
- Close the lid of the pressure cooker. Let the dal sit this way until ready to serve or 5 minutes.
- Garnish with fresh chopped coriander leaves.
- Serve Arhar Ki Dal warm with steamed rice or phulka.