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Friday, August 24, 2012

Egg Dal Tadka (Scrambled Eggs With Lentils)

There is a saying in India that if you wish to savor the real taste of Indian food, you should stop by any highway eatery (dhabas) , particularly in North India where they are available in plenty. The best part of these dhabas are that being in the countryside  they offer delicious food containing purest of the ingredients  and you could relax on their cots with ease and not worry about how other think about you ;-) Eat with your hands and do not hesitate for extra helpings of dal( pulses) , salad etc.. 

The Owners are generous enough to offer you good quantity of side dishes. Speaking about dal, one of the best egg dal tadka on a dhaba whose name I cannot remember yet on the Delhi Haridwar highway. It was between Meerut and Muzzafarnagar and had a traditional layout with awesome food at cheapest of price. The taste was so good that none of my family even thought that they had overeaten. Also the warmth and friendliness of the Owner and his staff was amazing. Next time I visit Hardwar, I would make it a point to stop by and relish upon their food particularly the Egg dal tadka, whose recipe I am posting here. May not be the same level as the one that I had , but still an honest attempt.

1 cup Moong Split Chilka
2 Eggs
2 Onions
1 tbs chopped Ginger
2 Tomatoes, chopped
5-6 Garlic pods
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
1 tsp Red chilly powder
1 tsp Green chilly paste (optional)
1 tsp Garam masala powder
1 tbsp Dried Fenugreek leaves (kasoori methi)
2 tbsp Oil
Salt to taste

To Temper the Dal we need:
Ghee 1 tbsp
1 tsp Cumin seeds
2 Whole Red chillies
1 tsp Kashmiri red chilly

Wash and soak the lentil for an hour. Drain the water and pressure cook it with 2 1/2 cups of water +1 tsp salt upto 3 whistles. The dal should not be too watery. Now heat a pan with 2 tbsp oil and add chopped onions.Saute till  the onions turn pink and then add ginger, garlic and green chilly paste, fry for 2 minutes. 

Now add diced tomatoes and fry till it leaves oil. Add cooked lentils now and mix thoroughly. Sprinkle some garam masala powder and check the seasoning and allow it to cook for another 5-6 minutes. In a separate pan make scrambled eggs with a dash of salt and freshly ground pepper . Add the scrambled eggs to the dal and sprinkle some dry fenugreek leaves. Now it's the time to temper the dal. 

In a tadka pan heat ghee and temper with red chillies, cumin seeds and lastly kashmiri red chilly for the wonderful color. Transfer this to the cooked dal and give a stir. Serve this dhaba style egg dal tadka with rotis /kulchas. 
This beautiful set of cute cup is gifted by my simple & sober blogger friend Padma Rekha who blog's at Plantain Leaf. Thank you dear :-) 


  1. what an idea!!!! u know iam a eggaholic... jaldi banaungi :P ... Garg will not like it i know... he is not very adventurous... kabhi khudkeliye banaugi...

  2. debs... i loveee that tadka in that handi wala pic... my kind of tadka...

  3. Sure Swati Kabhi kabhi khud ke liye bhe kuch special banana chaiye :-) Am sure you are gonna like the taste of it

  4. Wow...egglentils...New recipe...should have a try...

  5. ha deepa how are u? i wud agree with u on one thing
    dhaba food in india is the best especially up north side delhi kashmir and all

    and the food is so yummy u wud end up eating a lot more than your tummy can hold. i have fond memories of dhaba food.
    coming to ur recipe since i m not eggitarian so wud comment on rest of ur ingredients plus the vessel u hv put

    amazing pics and vessel. though those who eat eggs wud love it i guess

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  6. i love dhabha food.. on my visit to manali, we had only road side dhabha food and my hubby liked it.. he doesn't like north indian food, but if its from dhabha he will jump into it :)

  7. Agree with the fact abt Dhaba food...nice dal in that beautiful tiny bucket..

  8. delicious dear...Rush your delights for Fast Food Event - Noodles . We used to make egg drop sambar...

  9. lovely Presentation....superb dear...

  10. Dhabe ki baath hi kuch nirali hoti hai..muh me pani aa gaya...:) Love your small BALTI cute !

  11. Love love dhabha food, its filling and fresh, one thing I love about the dhabhas in the north is that they serve unlimited roti's...
    I have never had lentils and eggs.. but would love to try this one for sure.
    Happy following you!

  12. I love dhaba food though havent tried in north dhal variety... neat clicks

  13. Presentation is super.....nice daal....

  14. Never heard of eggs in daal!!! Looks mighty tasty & inviting..I just have to try this one out..Bookmarked!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  15. mmmm..... looks yummmy.. and never tried this before.

  16. What innovative recipe. looks delicius:)

  17. Bookmarked , very unique preparation

  18. Wow unique dish,looks awesome,perfect with rotis,love the presentation.

  19. Yummy and delicious dal..Nothing beats Dhaba style dals and currys

  20. My huddy loves egg and dal.This would surely make him happy.Thanks for sharing.

  21. Never thought of combining both egg and dal together, here you comes with this fantastic dish, cant wait to try.

  22. Delicious thadka with dal and egg, Nice to have with roti.

  23. Wow...this egg dal is new to me .Looks delicious and Sounds yummy! I too love street foods than biggies.....great way to get the taste of that city:)

    FYI: Something happened to my blogger dashboard and I was not receiving updates from those I follow. so I have joined ur sites again as a new follower:) Happy weekend dear.

  24. Very interesting recipe..Amar Ma tadka banato ( black urad daal diye), tar opore dim bhaja/dim fatiye dito-But this one is so different..Banabo ekdin :)

  25. Looks delicious Deepa..dhabe da khana ka koi jawab nahin..yours look just like it ..hugs

  26. Looks so delicious and quite new to me.Never heard of egg and dal combo....

  27. I love dhaba food Deepa. Slow cooked food and so comforting. I have never tried this though- Egg dal tadka. Sounds interesting and looks delish. As always love your presentation.

  28. inviting cliks...absolutely awesome..
    Tasty Appetite

  29. This is the first time I have heard about this, looks like I was missing something really delicious. I so very much agree with u on the whole Dhabas thing. Great recipe

  30. Totally agree with u on teh true dhabba food:-) This is a totally new combination to me! Egg and dal..i have to try it!

  31. Wow-scrabled eggs in dal!! Two of my fave-the combo must be awesome!!

  32. Intresting combination Deepa!!! never mix both dal and egg. but i like to have dal, chawal and fried egg. will sure give atry to this, dabha food ummm mouthwatering yaar... wow those cups!! nice na and iam very glad that you like them

  33. Made this few days back and just loved it....

  34. Daal Tadaka is my all time most favourite.

    Apani Rasoi

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