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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Odisha Style Dal Tadka

For folks residing in Odisha, Dal Tadka is not the usual thickened yellow dal with a heavenly tempering as it is for the rest of the country. Rather it is a wonderful medley of lentils ( mostly with skin ) that is cooked with onions, ginger garlic, spices and an abundance of tomatoes. While for me the egg bhurji that goes on top is the crowning glory (pun intended!!), some dhabas directly break the eggs on top of the boiling dal ensuring that it gets poached in that divine gravy. I also prefer to cook the lentils till they are tender but somewhat retain their shapes while my husband likes it gloriously mashed together. So, I end up mashing his portion after I have removed mine from the wok. Tasty and high of fiber and proteins, this one is a regular in my kitchen !!

Read on for the recipe -

Cooking Time Required: 30-35 mins
Cost of preparation: 40-50 rupees

Ingredients: Urad dal ( 1/2 cup ), whole green moong ( 1/2 cup ), channa ( 1/2 cup ), rajma ( 1/4 cup), onion ( 1 medium ), tomato ( 2 large ), ginger-garlic paste ( 1 1/2 tsp ), green chillis ( 2 nos ), cumin seeds ( 1 tsp), garam masala ( 2 pinches ), maggie magic cubes ( 2 nos ),turmeric, salt, oil ( 3 tsp ), egg ( 1 - 2 nos), butter( 1 tsp ).

Preparation: Soak the pulses overnite.

Chop the onion, green chillis and tomatoes into small pieces.

Cooking: Wash and transfer the pulses to a pressure cooker. Add salt and turmeric and just sufficient water to cover the pulses. Cook for 3-4 whistles or till the pulses are a little overdone.

Heat oil in a wok. Add the cumin and green chilli . Once the seeds crackle, add onions and fry till they turn translucent. Add ginger-garlic paste and cook till the onions are brown.

Add chopped tomatoes and cook till soft. Add the boiled pulses at this stage and cook for 5 mins.

Add the garam masala and crushed maggie cubes. Mix well, cover with a lid and remove from the fire.

Heat a little oil in another pan. Add the beaten eggs and scramble them .

Sprinkle the egg bhurji over the Tadka dal and add a tsp of butter.

Serve hot with rotis or naan or Kerala paratha.

Note: Special Tadka masala is sold in Orissa and it adds a very good flavour to the dish. As i could not get my hands on it here, i used the garam masala and maggie cubes which tastes equally good.

One can also add yellow peas and whole masoor dal to this dish.


  1. Omg, i want that wonderful looking dal tadka, full of proteins..inviting!

  2. My mouth is watering, this looks so tempting.

  3. Wonderful looking dal fry. Lovely photo of the dish.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  4. dal with so many beans lovely! truly health boasting!

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