Thursday, October 17, 2013

Restaurant Style Dal Fry ( Tadka Dal ) Using Slow Cooker

Tadka Dal or Dal Fry is available in any Indian Restaurant and is a great side dish to serve with naan, paratha, roti or rice.  This Dal is staple in our house hold. We make it at least once we week to be served with Vegetable Pulav or plain rice.

Here in this post you will find a simple recipe of Dal Fry or Tadka dal using Slow-Cooker or Crockpot. No need to stand in front of stove for hours making onion/tomato gravy and then making sure dal does not stick to bottom of the pan. Just setup Tadka dal in slow-cooker and you can go run some errands or sit back and relax.

My daughter usually makes this for lunch. So she sets up her slow cooker on low over night and dal is ready in the morning when she wakes up.

Indian Slow-Cooker/Crockpot Recipe

Tadka Dal using Slow-Cooker

1.1/2 cup split chickpeas ( gram dal, chana dal )
2.1/4 cup yellow pigean peas dal (tur dal)
3.1tsp red chili powder
4.1/4tsp turmeric powder
5.1tsp coriander powder
6.salt to taste
7.1 chopped onion, 1 chopped tomato, 1 chopped green chili
8.2tbsp butter
9. cilantro for garnish


1.  2tbs butter
2. 1/2tsp cumin seeds

3. 1/4tsp asafoetida
4. 1 dry whole red chili

Step by step method of making Dal Fry/Tadka Dal using Slow-Cooker/Crockpot

1. Wash both dal and soak them in very hot water for 4  hours.
2. In a microwave safe bowl combine cumin seeds, butter, onion, tomato and pinch of salt. Mix it well.
3. Cook above mixture (gravy) for 10 minutes in a microwave.
4. Combine dal from step 1 and gravy in slow cooker.
5.Add spices from step 3-5, green chili and salt to taste.
6. Add 2 and 1/2 cup water and cover it.
7. Set Slow cooker on high.
8.After 4 to 4 and 1/2 hour dal should be cooked. Mix it well and transfer it in a serving bowl.
9. In a small sauce pan combine ingredients for tempering.
10. Put it on medium heat on gas stove. Stir it until garlic is done. Add this tadka to dal.Tadka dal is ready to serve.

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