Dal Tadka Dhaba Style – Yellow Dal Fry | Punjabi Lasooni Tarka Dal Fry

Dal Tadka Dhaba Style is simple, super-hearty and easy to prepare. Punjabi Yellow Dal Fry Recipe is full of goodness and really comforting. While traditional Punjabi cuisine is rich and robust, nothing comes close to the bold and flavourful dal tadka, a yellow dal spiced with a tempering (tadka) of garlic, hing, dry red chilli, mustard and cumin seeds.

Dal Tadka Dhaba Style Recipe

Dal Tadka Dhaba Style Punjabi Recipe

Dal tarka, made with split red lentils and split pigeon peas, is a rich and smooth yellow dal tempered with spices and desi ghee. Most Indian restaurants serve this mouth-watering tadke wali dal preparation.

Punjabi Dal Tadka Dhaba Style:

Restaurant style Punjabi Dal tadka, with its delicious garlicky flavour, makes the perfect accompaniment to Jeera Rice or Indian breads.

Restaurant Style Punjabi Dal Tadka Recipe

Dal Fry

How to make lasooni dal tadka dhaba style:

To make Tadka Dal, clean and wash masoor and tur dal.

Tadka dal recipe with masoor dal and tur dal

Wash lentils

Pressure cook the dals with two cups of water until the dals are nicely cooked. Once the steam releases, open the lid and lightly mash the dals. Set aside.

Boiled dal for Dal tarka recipe

Cook Dals

Chop the onion, tomato and coriander leaves, slit the chilli and grate ginger-garlic.

Yellow dal fry recipe ingredients

Ingredients for yellow dal fry

Heat 1 tbsp of ghee in a kadai. Toss in chopped onions and sauté until they turn slightly brown. Add the slit green chilli and grated ginger-garlic. Sauté for half a minute till the raw smell disappears.

Dhaba style dal recipe tempering

Punjabi yellow dal tempering

Tip in the chopped tomato and sauté till it softens.

Punjabi Dal Tadka Dhaba Style recipe with tomato

Saute tomato for tarka dal

Sprinkle turmeric powder, salt and red chilli powder. Mix in the cooked dal.

Tempering for tadke wali dal recipe

Yellow dal seasoning

Add one cup of water and stir well. Let the lasooni yellow dal simmer on medium flame, stirring in-between. Once the desired consistency is reached, remove the yellow dal into a serving bowl.

Simmer dal for lasooni yellow dal tadka recipe

Simmer yellow dal

Heat ghee in a pan. Sizzle cumin and mustard seeds; add chopped garlic, dry red chillies and asafoetida. Sauté till the garlic turns a light brown.

Tarka dal recipe tempering

Tadka for yellow dal

Pour the tempering over the cooked yellow dal. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve Punjabi Dal Tadka Dhaba Style with any Indian flatbread or steamed rice.

Punjabi Yellow Dal Fry Recipe

Punjabi Dal Tadka

If you are searching for more dal recipies, do try out Masoor Dal, Kalai Dal, Cholar Dal, Aamer Dal, Bhaja Muger Dal, Dal Makhni, Methi Dal and Tomato Dal.

How to prepare dal tadka:

Dal Tadka Dhaba Style Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
Punjabi yellow dal with lasooni tadka is a hearty and delicious Indian lentil recipe. The Indian restaurant style tarka dal yellow lentils dish can be made using any combination of dal. A staple dish in my winter kitchen, dal fry is very filling and pairs well with hot steaming Basmati rice or Jeera rice or Indian flatbreads such as rotis or parathas. Methinks this is the best Indian dal recipe! Try out this dal tadka recipe.
Course: Main Course Vegetarian
Cuisine: Punjabi
Servings: 3
Calories: 157 kcal
Author: Shil
  • Split red lentils Masoor Dal – 1/4 cup
  • Split pigeon pea Toor Dal -1/4 cup
  • Water – 2 cups
For Tadka:
  • Ghee – 1tbsp
  • Onion – 1 medium chopped
  • Tomato – 1 medium chopped
  • Green chilli -1 slit
  • Ginger Garlic grated – 1 tsp
  • Salt – 1tsp
  • Turmeric – 1/8 tsp
  • Red Chilli Powder – 1/8 tsp
  • Water – 1 cup
For tempering:
  • Cumin seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Mustard seeds -1/4tsp
  • Dry red chilli - 1
  • Asafoetida – a pinch
  • Chopped coriander – 1 tsp
  • Ghee – 2 tsp
  1. For this Indian dahl recipe, wash and pressure cook masoor and tur dal with two cups of water until tender. Turn off the heat, cool, open the lid and whisk the dal. Keep aside.
  2. Heat ghee in a pan. Add finely chopped onions and sauté till they turn translucent. Add green chilli, ginger and garlic and fry for 30 seconds.
  3. Add the chopped tomato and cook till it becomes soft.
  4. Add salt, turmeric and chilli powder.
  5. Stir in the cooked dal. Mix well.
  6. Add a cup of water and allow the dal to simmer for 5-6 minutes. Once it starts to thicken, transfer the dal into a bowl.
  7. Heat some ghee in a pan. Add cumin and mustard seeds. Once they pop, add garlic, red chillies and hing. Sauté for 15 seconds.
  8. Season the yellow lentils with the flavourful tadka. Sprinkle with freshly chopped coriander leaves.
  9. Serve Punjabi Dal Tadka Dhaba Style with Jeera rice or Naan


Dal Tadka Dhaba Style – Yellow Dal Fry | Punjabi Lasooni Tarka Dal Fry
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