13 Best Dal Recipes - How to Cook it to Perfection | Popular Dal Recipes

When we think of good food one of our most loved preparations comes to mind - the quintessential dal. Here are our best dal recipes that you can easily cook at home with our step by step process and easy ingredients.

Sparshita Saxena, NDTV  |  Updated: February 19, 2021 17:35 IST

13 Best Dal Recipes - How to Cook it to Perfection | Popular Dal Recipes

Easy dal recipes to prepare at home.

  • You'll find dal whistling away in cookers in every Indian home
  • Ever thought of savouring a delicacy infused with an earthy aroma?
  • From masoor, tuar, channa, moong and urad, Dal is full of nutrients

Dal Recipes- India is one of the few countries that is blessed with variety in almost every aspect, food being the most obvious one. The unquestionable love and celebration of good food has been bringing people together for many years, and when we think of good food, one of our most loved preparations comes to mind - the quintessential Dal. From Dal Makhani to Panchratna Dal, it is the undying love for dal that most Indian households happen to include this flavoursome and versatile staple in our daily diet. 

What may seem simple and basic at first glance, actually encompasses an amazing variety. From masoor, tuar, channa, moong and urad, Dal is something that constitutes an integral part of every Indian meal. You'll find it whistling away in cookers in every home and hotel. Simple or elaborately cooked; it's the lifeline of a regular Indian platter.

Flavourful, simple and full of nutrients, one is sure to get an amalgamation of great taste with wholesome goodness. And now, your crash course to crack the art of cooking Dal is here, from simple to sophisticated.

Try our 13 best Dal recipes - read, learn and get cooking!

1. Dal Tempered with Clay

Ever thought of savouring a delicacy infused with an earthy aroma? Here's a special gem of a dal, infused with kasoora clay and goodness of spices! Red masoor dal with garlic and clay pieces gives this dish of dal a beautiful earthy flavour which makes this dal recipe distinctive.​

dal tempered with clay
A different dal recipe for your next meal. Image credits: iStock

2. Dhaba Dal

Bringing the popular dhaba flavours straight into your kitchen, learn to make the authentic highway style dal. Urad dal cooked hot in a mélange of spices, butter and a spattering tadka!
dhaba dalA dal complete with tangy masalas and spices, too tasty to resist. Image credits: iStock

3. Maa Ki Dal

Straight from the Punjabi kitchen, this one is a complete crowd pleaser! Made with hearty ingredients like black dal, butter, cream, yogurt and truck loads of love. Pair with a chapati or rice and have a hearty meal.

maa ki dalDirect from Punjab, this maa ki dal recipe won't disappoint you! Image credits: iStock

4. Gujarati Dal

This one comes with a distinct blend of masalas along with sweet and tangy toor dal made in a delicious Gujarati style with potatoes and peanuts. Tempered with loads of spices and tomatoes for a mouth watering result.

gujarati dalPair with rice or have with chapati, this Gujarati dal is a great option for lunch. Image credits: iStock

5. Tadka Dal (Bengali Style)

An easy and simple way to cook your dal the Bengali way. Creamy channa dal served with a beautiful aroma of mustard and coconut along with whole red chilli tempered over. Pair with rice or chapati and savour the spicy, tangy dal.

tadka dal bengali styleChana dal made in perfect Bengali style with a spicy tadka. Image credits: iStock

6. Panchratna Dal

A delicious Sindhi recipe. Here's to the power of five! Moong, channa, masoor, urad and tuar or arhar, the best of dals, come together to sear and simmer in a host of spices for a rich, creamy dish.

panchratna dalThe best of five dals in a delicious blend of spices, Panchratna dal is a gem of a dish filled with nutrients. Image credits: iStock

7. Dal Makhni

One of the classics! Dal Makhani is the absolute favorite recipe that can easily be cooked to perfection at home. An all-time favourite recipe with urad dal cooked in masalas, tomato puree and cream. It is often made in Indian homes for dinner and can also be made for dinner parties. You will often find this dal makhani on many restaurant menus as well. A luscious, creamy dal recipe loaded with butter, this can be served with naan or paratha or accompany with some cooked rice.

u6aa8l8Urad dal with the flavors of butter, kasoori methi, chillies and tomatoes, together makes a sumptuous main course dish.

8. Chironji Ki Dal

A hit during the days of fasting. Simple yet impressive, this recipe combines chironji with rich Indian flavours. Give it a try!

dal chironji
A different dal for you to slurp on during the Navratri festival while you are fasting. Image credits: iStock

9. Aamti

An authentic Maharastrian Dal with yellow gram, mustard seeds, spices and kokam. Tempered with chillies, garam masala, curry leaves and mustard seeds. A perfect lunch recipe when paired with cooked rice or chapati.

(Also read: Aamti Recipe In Hindi)
aamti dalA comfort dish from Maharashtra, this Aamti recipe is a no onion no garlic recipe. Image credits: iStock

10. Pachmela Dal

From the land of warriors, here is a beautiful blend of dals coupled with aromatic spices, generously cooked in ghee.

pachmela dalAn authentic Rajasthani preparation with the goodness of five dals. Image credits: iStock

11. Bengali Style Chana Dal

Bengali Style Chana Dal is a delicious lentil dish cooked with Bengal gram or chana dal. This dish of dal is flavored with coconut, ghee and an assortment of whole spices. Cooked in the pressure cooker it only takes about 40 minutes to prepare the whole dish which makes it an easy and quick and light lunch or dinner option. Serve it with steamed rice or just chapatis for a humble meal.

Mildly spicy and packed with nutrition, Bengal style chana dal is a must have in your next lunch menu. Image credits: Ndtv Food

12. Dal Parantha

Parantha is a staple Indian bread, popularly made in all North Indian homes. It comes with a great variety of stuffing, from vegetables like aloo and gobi to even non-vegetarian stuffings like keema. A lot of people have plain paranthas paired with a dry sabzi. You can cook parathas for a heavy brunch paired with curd or pickles or for dinner as well. This easy and quick recipe is of Dal Parantha, made with cooked and mashed moong dal stuffed inside hot and piping parathas. Pair with curd and savour this delicious meal.

dal paratha
Easy, quick and stuffed with spices that adds to the perfect taste of Dal Parantha. Image credits: iStock

13. Moong Dal Cheela

Cheela is an instant, easy, nutritious, low calorie breakfast recipe that is cooked across Indian homes as a staple food. It has a pancake look with a savoury taste and can be served for breakfast or mid-day snack. Packed with the nutritious moong dal, you can even pack this cheela recipe for kids tiffin.cheela 625This easy to make cheela is not only healthy but it also manages to fill up your stomach. Image credits: iStock


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