Punjabi Dal Fry

Some beautiful lines to share for today… I will leave it at that and not spoil its beauty! πŸ™‚


I don’t have a dal friendly household so it is something which is very rarely cooked as curry for rice or roti. But when I get a chance, I make sure I make some. For me it is comfort food. Scooping it up with some Pakistani tandoor roti slices is my kind of meal of a nice cold night. Not only that, it takes hardly any time to prepare them as well. Making restaurant style dal fry at home can be challenging at times but this recipe that I tried won hands down with a nice homely feel. The ghee gives it an awesome feel so just don’t skip it fearing the calories. After all, how much harm can 1 tsp ghee give you? Hehe… Off to this delicious curry…



Punjabi Dal Fry

Course Vegetarian
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 3
Author Rafeeda


  • 1/3 cup masoor dal
  • 1/3 cup chana dal bengal gram
  • Water to cook
  • 1 tsp ghee
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 samll pc cinnamon
  • 1 medium onion minced
  • 1/2 tsp ginger paste
  • 1/2 tsp garlic paste
  • 2 green chillies minced
  • 1 to mato chopped
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
  • Juice of one small lemon
  • Salt to taste
  • Chopped coriander leaves for garnish


  • Add the dals along with sufficient water to cook in a pressure cooker and cook till done. Allow the pressure to go by itself.
  • In a saucepan, heat ghee. Splutter the cumin seeds. Briefly fry the cloves and cinnamon.
  • Add the onion and saute til soft. Add the ginger, garlic and chilli and saute till the raw smell is gone.
  • Add in the tomatoes and cook till mushy.
  • Add all the masala powder and saute for two minutes.
  • Add the cooked dal now and give a very good mix. Add more water if required.
  • Cook on simmer for five minutes. Squeeze in the lemon juice and add salt to taste.
  • Cook for another minute and switch off.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and relish with rice or naan!

Join the Conversation

  1. nice whole some dhal..to have ..lovely

    1. Thank you so much Marudhu…

  2. I love dal fry. Your version of Punjabi dal fry looks delish Rafee

    1. Thank you so much Jyothi…

  3. comforting dhal fry.. perfect rice / roti

    1. Thank you so much Veena…

  4. Yummy dal fry….. Love to have this with chapathis… πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Remya… πŸ™‚

  5. Delicious dal fry…perfect comfort food

    1. Thanks a lot Kaveri…

  6. Daal looks inviting… and lovely lines there!

    1. Thank you so much Gauri…

  7. Deep and beautiful lines, I came to read it first…
    Dal is my favourite and welcome to any day, platter is looking so good.
    Rafeeda,next time fry Whole Red chilies,it looks beautiful when swimming in the oceans of Dal and dare to eat it too. πŸ˜‰ haha

    1. I am literally scared of the swimming part dear… πŸ˜› Thank you so much Rashida… πŸ™‚

  8. Punjabi Daal is usually a combo of Chana Dal and split Urad dal. of course you can add any other dal as well, but the creaminess of urad dal and chunky chana dal mixes very well πŸ™‚ I have never tried Masoor dal with chana dal though, must have tasted great.

    1. Since I was out of urad dal, I used masoor which was with me… thanks a lot Nupur… πŸ™‚

  9. Dal is such a comforting food. Esp. on thise lazy days.. Hot dal with jeera rice -yum.

    1. Thank you so much Sona…

  10. Dal fry is best comforting food and best to serve with hot roti and hot rice.Delicous Recipe..yummy…
    Especially Recipes

    1. Thank you so much…

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