Tadka on Yellow Dal

So, what exactly is a tadka? Tadka or tempering is technique involves adding spices to hot oil. it remains a delicate technique which makes your dish from good to perfect. Keep the oil lukewarm and the spices won’t sizzle Heat the oil too much and the spices will burn. Lets check the simplest way of adding a tadka on a plain yellow dal.

Tadka On a Simple Yellow Dal (split pigeon peas / Lentlis)

So what exactly is a tadka? Tadka or tempering is a technique that involves adding spices to hot oil. It is mainly done to extract flavors from whole spices in the oil. Tadka, tarka, phodni, chonk or tempering, call it what you may, it remains a delicate technique. Keep the oil lukewarm and the spices won’t sizzle Heat the oil too much and the spices will burn. 

Tadka on dal

The best vessel to perform a tadka is a round-bottomed one like a kadhai or handi. It keeps the oil and spices together which allows for maximum flavor. But if you don’t have one, you can always do it on a flat-bottomed vessel. 

kadhai

Recipe

Preparation Time: 10 mins Cooking Time: 10 mins
Ingredients: Method:
  • 1 cup cooked Dal (any  leftover dal can also be used)
  • 1 tbsp ghee just so that the spices mix in it proparly
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds 
  • 10-15 curry leaves

    Adding Tadka

    • Add ghee in the handi
    • Heat the ghee. Let it heat just so that when you place your hand on top, you can feel the heat emanating from it. ghee heats faster than most cooking oils.
    • add the mustard  & cumin seeds, and hear them sizzle
    • now add the cooked dal
    • add salt to taste and let it boil.
    • You can also add 1tsp of sugar or a bit of jaggery if you want the dal to be sweeter.
    • let it boil on medium heat for 5 mins. 
    • Take it off the gas.
    • The dal with simple tadka is ready !!!

    If you have a cooked yellow dal that will reduce the time to add this tadka:

    You can enjoy this with steaming rice. This is the simplest form of adding a tadka to a dal. You can do a lot of variations to this.

    Lee me know what variations you while making a simple dal in the comments made.

     

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