Dal Tadka (Lentil Soup) + Fish Fry

This is our family favourite on a Saturday afternoon... had it every Saturday since I remember... and I just love it... Here's the recipe... It's simple to make, very nutritious, and quite tasty... Try it yourself...



Moong dal / Masoor dal (Lentils) - 1.5 cups
Turmeric - a pinch
Green Chillies - 3 or 4 (according to ur spice level)
Garlic – 3 to 4 pods (sliced or minced)
Coriander leaves - for garnish
Curry leaves - for garnish
Salt - to taste
Lime juice - 1 - 2 tsps

For Tadka:

Cumin Seeds - 2 tsp
Mustard Seeds - 2 tsp
Ghee - 2 tsps.
Hing (Asafoetida) - a pinch


·         Cook the dal with turmeric. (Take care to see that the Dal is not mushy)
·         Take a non-stick vessel and add ghee, cumin seeds and mustard seeds.
·         After the seeds splutter add hing.
·         Then add the green chillies and garlic and fry them for a minute.
·         Add the cooked dal and salt, fry for 4-5 minutes.
·         Garnish with curry leaves and coriander leaves.
·         Add some lime juice and serve it with roti’s/rice.



1 kg white fish fillets
1/2 cup bread crumbs / plain flour
Oil for frying

Masala: (Mix all the ingredients into a batter): 

2 sprigs of spring onion (Optional)
2" ginger
5 garlic flakes
4 green chillies
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
2 tbsp lemon juice / vinegar
1/2 tsp garam masala
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 cup coriander leaves
Salt as per taste


·         Clean and wash fish fillets.
·         Cut into big pieces of the fillets,
·         Heat the oil for frying.
·         Put the fish pieces in the batter.
·         Keep it for 1-2 hours.
·         Remove the pieces and roll in bread crumbs / flour.
·         Deep fry till it turns golden brown. Serve hot. 


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