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August 7, 2018

Restaurant style Dal Fry Recipe – Toor Dal Fry / Arhar Dal Fry Recipe

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Dal fry in restaurant style
Restaurant style dal fry recipe with step by step pictures. Dal tadka and Dal fry are two different and popular side dish for rice and roti served in North India. In dal fry, cooked toor dal (Arhar dal in Hindi) is added to the sauteed onion, tomato and spices mixture whereas dal tadka is prepared by pressure cooking toor dal along with onion, tomato. Then it is tempered with spice powders separately. Dal fry can be prepared with moong dal as well. After I tried North Indian dal tadka successfully, I made this easy restaurant style dal fry recipe at home just to find the difference between two. Yes, there are some variations in the method of making, ingredients and taste. Recently when I went to mini Punjabi dhaba, I had this dal fry as a side dish for jeera rice. But I din’t like its taste. I felt it was bland. But this restaurant style dal fry recipe I tried after watching few YouTube videos came out very well with great taste ! I loved it very much. Even though I prepared it (without charcoal) without doing dhungar method, it was so good and flavorful. I served it with plain rice adding ghee. I also prepared Padawal sabzi / Snake gourd sabzi as side dish for this dal fry. It was a yummy combo which I liked it very much. I will post the sabzi recipe tomorrow. Here you go, dal fry in restaurant style with step by step pictures.
restaurant style dal fry

Dal Fry Recipe In Restaurant Style

Dal Fry Recipe In Restaurant Style

North Indian Dal Fry Recipe In Restaurant Style - Toor dal fry for rice.

Cuisine: North Indian
Category: Dal Recipes
Serves: Serves 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes


1 cup - 250ml
To Pressure Cook
  • Toor dal / Arhar dal - 1/2 cup
  • Turmeric powder - 1/8 tsp
  • Water - 2.5 cups
  • Cooking oil - Few drops
To saute
  • Cooking oil or ghee - 2 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Red chilli - 1 no (optional)
  • Green chilli - 1 no (finely chopped)
  • Big onion - 1 no (-do-)
  • Garlic cloves – 4 nos (chopped)
  • Ginger – 1 tsp (chopped)
  • Ripe tomato - 1 no (-do-)
  • Curry leaves - Few
  • Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Sugar - 1/4 tsp
To Garnish
  • Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp (Finely chopped)
  • Ghee - 1 tbsp


  1. Wash and pressure cook toor dal adding turmeric powder, water and drops of cooking oil.
  2. Mash the dal and set aside.
  3. Heat ghee in a kadai. Fry all the items given under “To saute”.
  4. Add the cooked toor dal and boil for few minutes.
  5. Garnish with coriander leaves and ghee. Serve with jeera rice, roti !


  • Wash and pressure cook toor dal adding turmeric powder, few drops of cooking oil and 2.5 cups of water. Cook in low flame for one to two whistles.
    restaurant style dal fry recipe
  • Open the cooker after the steam is released. Mash the dal well. Set aside. In a kadai, heat ghee / oil . Splutter cumin seeds. Saute big onion, chopped green chilli, curry leaves, garlic and ginger till transparent. Add finely chopped tomato and saute till mushy.
    restaurant style dal fry recipe
  • Add red chilli powder, garam masala powder, sugar and required salt. Saute for a minute. Add the cooked toor dal. Mix well.
    restaurant style dal fry recipe
  • Simmer the dal for 5 minutes. Crush kasoori methi and add to the dal at the end. Switch off the the flame and garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves. You can also garnish the dal with a tbsp of fresh cream if you like.
    restaurant style dal fry recipe
  • Enjoy !


  • Adjust the quantity of spice powders as per your taste.
  • For variations, you can use moong dal or a mixture of 5 dals.
Try this easy, yummy restaurant style dal fry recipe for rice, roti ! Enjoy with any simple side dish.
dal fry recipe

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