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Butter dal fry recipe

Butter dal fry recipe, a rich restaurant style dal with cream, butter to take it to the next level. Full video, step by step pictures.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Soaking time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 3


  • cup masoor dal
  • 1 tablespoon ginger very finely chopped
  • 1 tomato
  • ¼ cup cooking cream if using thick cream, just use 2 tbsp
  • 3 green chilli very finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoon kasoori methi leaves
  • teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • Salt as needed

Spice powders

  • 1 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • ½ teaspoon coriander seeds powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garam masala powder
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • teaspoon fennel seeds powder


  • Soak dal for 30 mins. Pressure cook with little turmeric, ginger, asafoetida, few drops of ghee and 1 cup water for 4 whistles.
  • Mash it once done. Set aside. Gather all ingredients needed.
  • Heat a pan with ghee. In medium heat, add cumin seeds, asafoetida. Give it a quick stir.
  • Add ginger, green chillies and give it a stir.
  • Add tomato, all masala powders, little salt and cook until tomatoes turn mushy.
  • Add kasoori methi and give it a good mix.
  • Add one cup water, cooked dal and add more water to wash dal vessel and add it to the dal.
  • Add salt and mix well. Simmer for 5-7 mins.
  • Make sure to mix so that it doesnt get burnt.
  • Add cream and mix well. Simmer for 4 more mins.
  • Once thick, switch off the flame.Add butter and switch off the flame.



  • After adding dal, dont forget to stir every now and then to avoid burning.
  • Boil well until dal turns thick and creamy. The time given may vary according to the vessel you use, heat from your stove. So adjust as needed.
  • Add salt enough, otherwise the dal might not be tasting good.
  • As it cools down, it gets thicker, so switch off accordingly if you are going to have it for later.