Monday, November 25, 2013

Dhaba Dal

Traveling in India is fun, specially those dhaba food, which is not at all hygienic but still you can not resist the smell and temptation to eat those yummy dishes. Its become part of our diet too, like when we make something we try to recreate that dish , how it taste when we had it at this dhaba when we went there. Those are some sweet and yummy memories we all have. All regions have their own specialty food stalls on highways. Highway on Western and Northern India you find lot of Punjabi food dhaba and every dhaba's dal is awesome, so today I am sharing that dal recipe. Let me know if you like it or not.

Ingredients :

1 cup split black gram / urad dal
4 cups water
1/2 tsp. Turmeric powder
salt to taste

Cook the dal with turmeric and salt in it.

For Tadka mix :
1 Tbsp. jeera
1 1/2 Tbsp. dhaniya seeds
1 tsp. fennel seeds or saunf
1 tsp. whole cloves
1/2 inch cinnamon stick
1/2 tsp. Kashmiri red chilli powder
1/4 tsp. ground mace (Javitri powder)
1 tsp. turmeric powder
Salt to taste

Dry roast these spices and make a fine powder. you can store these in air tight container too.

For Tempering :

1 tsp. butter /oil
1 tsp. cumin seeds
1 tsp. ginger garlic paste
1  green chili slit
1 small onion chopped
1 small tomato chopped
1 tbsp. tomato puree
2 tsp. Tadka mix
lime juice as per taste
slices of ginger on top


In a deep pan, take a tablespoon of  butter/ oil , fry the cumin seeds, ginger and garlic.

Then add the onions till they turn translucent. The add green chili, chopped tomato. cook for few minutes and then add tomato puree and tadka mix.

cook till oil floats on top.

Pour in the cooked dal and mix it very well. check for the salt and adjust the seasoning.

Top it up with lime juice and slit ginger.
Inspired from here.

gayathris's page and Sahasra page

Shey's page



  1. very tasty dal...looks mouthwatering....

  2. Oh yummy looking dal so true most dhabas are not at all hygienic but the aroma is so difficult to resist...

  3. its a new recipe for me,sounds delicious!

  4. the dal really looks mouthwatering...

  5. You are sooo right about the unhygienic but very very tasty dhaba and other roadside food...
    Loved your dhaba dal..will give it a try..

  6. liked the dhaba style dal you made...very pleasing recipe

  7. Delicious & perfect dhaba dal, you're making me feel hungry :)

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  9. Awesome dhaba daal. Passing by dhabas without stopping by to eat is so tough. The food tastes magical. So well prepared.
    Thanks for sharing.

  10. Very interesting recipe Linsy. Thank you for sharing.

  11. Delicious dal...really mouthwatering recipe

  12. we all knw dhabas r unhygenic,but still has something in it to pull us all... Wil recreate this dal at home

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  14. dhaba style dal looks so delicious and yummy dear :) love the seasoning you have added to this :)

  15. Flavorful dal,must try recipe,bookmarked.

  16. A winner dish!!! I simply love this dal and of course, I look for variations... Your recipe sounds great n can't wait to try it out :)

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  17. That is so very delicious!! Yummmm!!!!

  18. Lots of wonder spiced up flavors and definitely I am all in for it.

  19. Delicious looking dal.. love to have with some hot rice...

  20. Dhaba dal looks completely awesome, glad you shared :)

  21. Looks Fabulous. It must be very delectable.

  22. Dhaba dal looks delicious, Love it.

  23. Super fab and delicious looking dal, will try this soon...


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