Last Updated on December 14, 2020 by Chef Mireille
Sookhi Tadka Dal
This is a very simple dal, infused with garlic and dried chiles. Sookhi Tadka Dal – Garlic Urad Dal UP Style makes the perfect side dish with any rice or Indian flatbread.
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Thali’s are meals comprising of several small quantity dishes that are traditionally served on round metal plates with many round bowls for each of the dishes.
I did a mini thali representing the foods of Uttar Pradesh, a state in northern India. At that time, I only presented the recipe for Matar ka Nimona aur Mungodi – Mung Bean Dumplings in Green Pea Broth. Today, I am presenting another recipe from the thali representing this state.
This simple dal is so flavorful with the garlic tadka (seasoning). If you are a garlic lover, this is the dal for you.
The varieties of dal that vary from state to state in India are endless. It’s so sad we get such a limited range when we visit Indian restaurants. Unfortunately, the only way you will get to taste them is to make them yourself. I encourage you to try some of these other dal’s until you find your favorite.
- Daineiiong – Meghalaya Black Sesame Dal
- Nigella Seed Dal – Bengali Onion Seed Dal
- Methi Toor Dal – Fenugreek Dal
- Mamidikaya Pappu – Green Mango Dal
- Panchratna Dal – Five Lentil Dal
- Matar ka Nimona aur Mungodi
- Makhani Roti – Butter Roti
- Taheri – UP Style Vegetable Pulao
- Sookhi Tadka Dal
- Lucknowi Style Chicken Curry
- Nimish – Saffron Cream dessert
and if you’d still like to try some other UP dishes…
Uttar Pradesh Recipes
- Aloo Rasedar – Railway Potato Curry
- Jeera Aloo Salan & Thandai – Lamb Potato Curry & Flavored Milk Drink
Sookhi Tadka Dal – Garlic Urad Dal UP Style tastes better even the next day…as the garlic continues to infuse the dal.
Not only is this dal delicious, but with all the healing properties of garlic it’s not only good…but also good for you!
Sookhi Tadka Dal – Garlic Urad Dal UP Style
- 2/3 cup hulled and skinned black lentils urad dal
- 2 teaspoons ghee
- 1 pinch asoefetida
- 2 dried red chiles
- 2 cloves finely chopped garlic
- Combine the dal and 2 ½ cups water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Using a ladle, remove scum that will rise to the surface of the water. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes.
- In a small skillet, heat ghee. Add asoefetida. After is stops sizzling, and chiles and garlic, until garlic turns golden brown.
- Add to the cooked dal and stir to combine. Add salt to taste. Stir to combine.
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New dish to me. Sounds interesting. Bookmarked
You must let me know how you liked it when you try!
Mir, I have never used urad dal to make dal tadka. I would definitely love to make this some time for its flavor as well as fie its ease of making.
exactly such an easy schmeezy recipe. No excuse not to try!
This is surely a very new one for me as even I haven’t used Urad dal in Tadka style, I remember your UP Thali and it’s wonderful to read about it again..
Rafeeda - The Big Sweet Tooth
For us, urad dal is for idli/dosa batter, and sometimes as tadka to chutneys. We never cook with it. Seeing this recipe, I am reminded of the flavorful Pakistani version of it called “Maash Ki Daal” we get here at restaurants, even a hard core non-vegetarian would fall flat for it! This recipe is so simple with not much frills, with a lovely tempering… I am someone who loves the flavor of garlic…
It’s even better on day 2 when the garlic has really had time to infuse the dal
Somehow I do not like the sticky dal that is the signature of urid dal so never made this with urid dal, Moong dal yes and loved it. These flavours here are great Mir will try it out for hubby and FIL.
This is very new to me. Have never tasted this as yet. Soon I will make this. Looks very nice
Can smell the flavor of this garlic loaded dal, fingerlicking dal definitely.
Its a long time I have made this dal. It reminded me of my grandfather, who was very fond of this sookhi dal and we used to make it frequently when he was alive.
well I am happy the recipe brought back fond memories of your grandfather
wow Mireille, that’s a totally different kind of dal, new to me. Looks so yummy and love how simple it is to make it.
so simple and yet so delicious too!
I have never had urad dal tadka. Very interesting recipe. Should try it.
its so simple but the heady infusion of garlic makes it so delicious
The urad daal tastes fantastic , lot of Punjabis make it , the tempering though varies from family to family . This is one healthy daal and tempering with garlic and chilly sounds awesome .
thanks . Nice to know what other states also make this dal
Sharmila - The Happie Friends Potpourri Corner
Sounds intresting .. Never tried a dal tadka with Urad Dal..
its a very region specific dal – but so flavorful with the garlic tadka
Looks delicious Mir! I have made only dal makhani with Urad that too it is whole Urad, this is very new and love it!
Amazing to see so many varieties of dal in Indian Cuisine. This one is so simple but delicious
Yes there is so much variety and it is so interesting to discover the different regional presentations
We also make dal tadka from urad dal but with a different style. Your style of making dal looks very yummy, warm and comforting!
this one is so quick and easy but so full of flavor still
Urad dall cooked in punjabi style is one of my favourite dalls. I usually use mung dall for tadka dall but I am sure urad dall must taste just as nice.
yes this urad dal is so good, though now you have me wanting to dry the moong dal version also
This looks so flavourful with simple garlic tadka.. it is a staple in our family, but we add turmeric also to it.. Looks so inviting!!
I am sure the turmeric adds some great color to it!
Such a flavorful and yet simple dal. I can imagine how it tastes with garlic and ghee in it.
The tadka is so simple yet so full of flavor!