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Daal Fry (Stir fried lentils with onions and tomatoes)

Daal fry is a simple curry consisting of cooked lentils (Daal), sauteed onions, tomatoes and finished off with a tempering. It can be served with rice or any bread of your choice.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 cup Yellow Pigeon peas (Arhar/Toor Dal)
  • 3 tablespoons Spring onions finely chopped
  • 1 big Onion finely chopped
  • 1 big Tomato finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic paste (or more)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric powder powder
  • 1 teaspoon Chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • a pinch Asafoetida
  • 1 teaspoon Kasoori Methi (dry roast and crush)
  • 2 tablespoons Coriander leaves
  • to taste Salt


  • Cook the lentils till mushy and keep them aside.
  • In a pan, heat oil and add cumin seeds.
  • When they start to splutter, add the asafoetida and stir for a few seconds and then add onions.
  • Saute till golden brown, then add the spring onion and ginger-garlic paste.
  • Saute for a minute.
  • Add the turmeric powder, chilli powder and stir for 1 minute.
  • Add the salt, tomato and mix well.
  • Cook till the oil separates.
  • Add the cooked lentils and mix well.
  • Mix the kasoori methi and stir well.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and serve.