Dal Fry / Arhar Dal / Tuar Dal / Yellow Letil Recipe

    Dal fry is a very popular Indian dish. In many Indian homes tuar dal or arhar dal is a part of daily lunch or dinner. Its a simple, healthy yet delicious dish and a best choice for light meal. You can have dal with roti, naan, it tastes beat with Jeera Rice/Cumin Rice.

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    • 1 Cup Tuar / Arhar Dal
    • 1 Medium Onion (finely Chopped)
    • 1 Small Tomato (finely Chopped)
    • 1 Medium Green Chilly (finely Chopped)
    • 3-4 Garlic Cloves (finely Chopped)
    • ½ Teaspoon finely chopped Ginger
    • 1 Teaspoon Garam Masala
    • 1 Teaspoon Red Chilly powder
    • 1 Teaspoon Haldi/ Turmeric Powder
    • 1 Pinch Hing/Asafoetida
    • 1 Teaspoon Mustard Seeds
    • 1 Teaspoon Cumin Seeds
    • 4-5 Curry Leaves
    • 3 Teaspoon Oil
    • Salt as per taste
    • Fresh green coriander leaves for garnishing.


    1. Wash Tuar / Arhar Dal properly.
    2. In a Pressure Pan/Cooker add the dal + half teaspoon turmeric powder + a pinch of salt and 3½ cups of water. Mix it well and pressure cook till tender. Approx 2-3 whistles.
    3. Heat oil in a pan or kadhai.
    4. Add mustard seeds and cumin seeds cook for a minute, add curry leaves + ginger + garlic and hing. Stir for a minute, add onion + a pinch of salt + green chilly & cook for 2-3 minutes (adding some salt to onions will help to cook onions fastly).
    5. When onions turn light brown add chopped tomato and cook till oil gets separated.
    6. When oil starts separating add red chilly powder + garam masala + turmeric powder and salt, stir for 2 min.
    7. Add some water to the masala. Cook till oil saperates so that all the added ingredients will get cooked properly.
    8. Add cooked dal to it, Cook it on medium heat stiring continuously for 5 minutes. Taste the dal, if needed adjust spices as per your taste. Cook the dal for another 3-5 minutes on low flame.
    9. Garnish with chopped green coriander leaves and Serve hot with Roti or Jeera Rice/Cumin Rice.

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