Traditional Dal Fry
Traditional Dal Fry is an awesome delicious favorite and a nutritional side dish for chappathis and roti. Traditional Dal Fry is a wholesome vegetarian side dish. The dish is unique and special with mashed dal blended with spicy aromatic ingredients and finally garnished with a dollop of butter. Dals have high nutritional content and is a must for all. Traditional Dal Fry is one of the easiest dishes that can be prepared in a jiffy with limited ingredients. You can explore a well detailed Traditional Dal Fry here.
Servings Prep Time
2people 20minutes
Servings Prep Time
2people 20minutes
  • Masoor dal(Chuvana Parippu) – 1/4cup
  • or –
  • Moong dal(Cheru payaru parippu) – 1/4cup
  • Onions(finely chopped) – 1no
  • Green chilly(chopped round) – 1no
  • Ginger(thinly chopped) – 1/2tsp
  • garlic(thinly chopped) – 3cloves
  • Tomato(chopped) – 1/4cup
  • Cumin seeds(Jeerakam) – 1/2tsp
  • Chilly powder – 1/2tsp
  • Ghee 1tbsp
  • Asafoetida powder(A pinch, Kayam) –
  • Turmeric powder(A pinch) –
  • Coriander leaves(Few) –
  • Mustard seeds 1/2tsp
  • Sugar(A pinch) –
  • Butter(optional) –
  • Salt(As reqd) –
  1. For preparing Traditional Dal Fry, first cook masoor / moong dal in a pressure cooker adding enough water, little ghee and a pinch of turmeric.
  2. Mash the cooked dal and keep aside.
  3. Heat ghee in a pan and splutter mustard and cumin seeds. Add onion, green chilly, ginger, garlic and saute for a while. When a frying smell comes, add a pinch of asafoetida powder, sugar and required salt.
  4. Add chilly powder and fry for a while. Add chopped tomatoes and fry well until tomatoes become pulpy.
  5. Finally, add mashed dal and cook for 2 more minutes. Remove dal fry from flame and garnish with coriander leaves.
  6. Traditional Dal Fry is ready and before serving you can add little butter too.
  7. Tips: 1)You can use toor dal (tumara parippu) also instead of masoor dal.
  8. Before adding butter, make sure that the curry is well heated.