Punjabi Dal Fry


Punjabi dal fry is a delicious Indian curry flavored with mild spices. This is my hundredth post and still a long way to go. I learn’t few recipes like dal fry, dal makhani and lassi years back from a cook in dhaba on Chandigarah and Manali highway. Thought of documenting this recipe for the blog. Prepared this Punjabi dal fry using the dal I ordered from online store popular essentials. It mainly consists of moong dal and masoor dal. The dal mix was clean and well packed with reasonable rate. It cooks very well and can be used for everyday cooking.

Dal or lentils is a staple food in most part of Indian sub-continent and one of the protein sources for vegetarians. There are varieties of dal and are power house of proteins, vitamin B1 and folic acid. My kitchen never misses using dal for day to day cooking. There are many delicious dishes which can be prepared using this dal mix like dal tadka, methi dal, dal fritters both deep fried and baked versions. This recipe is very simple and can be relished with rice or any Indian flat bread

Course: Dal

Cuisine: Punjab

Preparation time: 5 mins

Cooking time: 15 mins

Serves: 4 nos


Punjabi dal mix- 1 cup (Popular Essentials)

Cinnamon stick – 1 small

Bay leaf-1

Cloves – 2

Turmeric powder-1 tsp

Green chili – 2 nos

Mustard seeds- ½ tsp

Cumin or jeera- ½ tsp

Onion chopped – ¼ cup

Tomato chopped – ¼ cup

Ginger garlic paste – 1 tsp

Coriander powder – ½ tsp

Lemon juice – ½ tsp or as per taste

Coriander leaves- 1 tbsp

Salt as per taste

Oil- 3 to 4 tsp

Ghee – 1 tsp

Water as required


  1. Take a pressure cooker pan, heat oil, add cinnamon stick, bay leaf, cloves, fry for few seconds.
  2. Add punjabi dal mix and fry well until they slightly change in colour. Add turmeric powder, mix well. Add required quantity of water and pressure cook the dal for three whistles.
  3. Take a pan, heat oil, ghee, add mustard seeds, cumin, saute well. Next add green chilies, fry well. Add ginger- garlic paste, saute well.
  4. Now add chopped onion, saute until they turn golden. Next add tomatoes pieces, little water, cook until they become mushy.
  5. Add coriander powder, lemon juice, coriander leaves, add salt as per taste, if required water can be added, mix well.
  6. Add this to hot cooked dal and mix well.
  7. Serve this hot Punjabi dal fry with rice or any Indian flat bread.


punjabi-dal- fry

My Notes:

The thickness of dal can be adjusted with water, I have added little water.

Any dal mix combination can be used for this dish.


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  1. Congratulations on your 100th post and wishing you many more! What a healthy way to celebrate the occasion and like you, every single day, we consume dal at home in some or the other form. Filling and nutritious, this is usually my dinner option too.

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