Dal Tadka can be made with a combination of different dals. The dals are boiled and then mixed with a tempering of cumin, asafetida, onion, tomato, ginger, garlic and green chillies and a variety of spice powders. The addition of lemon juice, freshly chopped coriander, along with butter or ghee enhances the flavour of the dal.
Although you get Dal Tadka at all roadside eating joints and fine dining restaurants, there is something special about the dal tadka made at home. This zesty curry is a perfect accompaniment for steaming hot rice, hot chapatis, parathas or naan.