Arhar Dal Fry Recipe | Toor Dal Recipe

Arhar dal recipe south India style. Boil Toor dal in pressure cooker. Use Punjabi tadka for north Indian flavor. High protein 200 Calories for weight loss.

Arhar Dal fry is a pretty common and probably the most used lentil in India. South Indians eat it a lot as it is a primary ingredient in Sambar.

We are sharing the southern style of flavoring (we call it tadka in North India). If you are looking for the Punjabi flavor, you just need to replace the tadka provided later in this recipe with the Punjabi Tadka.

Arhar dal is also known by the name of Toor Dal. If you are shopping outside India, you would probably see the packets marked with Toor dal instead of Arhar. Don't worry, they are same and you can buy it. Arhar Dal naming is more popular in north Indian states. Some people might also call it Yellow Dal.

Arhar Dal south India style
Arhar Dal south India style
Toor dal has high protein content of approximately 15 Gms in 1 Cup (cooked) along with good amount of fiber.

It is also advised to consume this high nutrient dal during dieting to cut down on fat and reduce weight naturally.

This recipe uses pressure cooker to boil Toor Dal. If you do not have one, you can use any open container or vessel for boiling and then continue with the flavoring (tadka).

This recipe has a video in Hindi and text in English.


For boiling Arhar Dal

  1. 1 Cup Arhar Dal Toor Dal
  2. 1 Cup Water
  3. 2 Tsp Salt
  4. 1/2 Tsp Turmeric Powder

Ingredients for Tadka

  1. 1 Number Ginger Fresh 2 Inch, Chopped
  2. 1 Cup Tomato Paste Puree
  3. 3 Number Green Chili 3 Inch in length, finely chopped
  4. 1 Tsp Red Mustard Seeds
  5. 1/4 Tsp Asafoetida Hing
  6. 1 Tsp Chana Dal Bengal gram spilt and skinned
  7. 1 Tsp Urad Dal Urad Dhuli, black gram skinned
  8. 5 Number Curry Leaves
  9. 10 Number Fenugreek Seeds
  10. 2 Number Dry Red Chilies
  11. 3 Tbsp Oil Olive oil or any other
  12. 2 Tsp Coriander Powder
  13. 1 Tsp Red Chili Powder
  14. 1 Tsp Mango Powder Amchoor/Amchur
  15. 1/2 Tsp Garam Masala Blend of Indian spices


  •  Storage and Serving Suggestions

    Toor dal in pressure cooker
    Toor dal in pressure cooker
    1. Arhar dal should be refrigerated to have shelf life of 3-4 days. Re-heat using Microwave or stove.
    2. Toor dal has high vitamin, protein and Fibre content and is really a must have for balanced diet.
    3. Serve this nutrient rich dal hot with Roti (Phulka or Chapati) or steamed rice.
    4. Some people like to add a teaspoon of Desi ghee for garnishing especially in North India, to increase its taste value. This is not recommended if you are on diet control.
    Arhar ki dal
    Arhar ki dal

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