Arhar Dal Without Onion Garlic Recipe

Arhar dal is a staple lentil in every Indian home. It is a versatile legume which goes well with rice, parantha or roti. It is easy to cook and full of nutrition. Here is a recipe of arhar dal without onion garlic. This recipe uses kasoori methi which adds a unique twist to the regular dal. Trust me this tadka will raise the level of this humble arhar dal. Since it does not use onion garlic is perfect for Jain people. Lets learn how to make jain arhar dal.

Arhar Dal Without Onion Garlic

Serves : 2 – 3 people
Total Time : 30 mins


  • 1 cup Arhar Dal (Split pigeon peas)
  • 1 Tomato chopped (optional)
  • 1 Green Chilly slit (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp Haldi (Turmeric powder)
  • Salt to taste
  • For Tadka :
  • 1 tblsp Ghee
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds (Jeera)
  • 1/2 tsp Red Chilly Powder
  • 1 tblsp Kasoori Methi (Optional)
  • 1 tblsp Coriander Leaves (Hara Dhania)

How to make Jain arhar dal :

  • Wash the dal and put it in pressure cooker.
  • Add 3 cups of water with haldi, chopped tomato, slit green chilly and salt.
  • Let the dal cook for 2 – 3 whistles.
  • When the pressure cooker cools down, mash the dal well with the back of the ladle.
  • In case you do not have pressure cooker. Then soak the dal for 1 hr. And then cook in a pan following the same procedure. Do remember to open the dal occasionally or it might get burnt.
  • Dish it out in a serving bowl.
  • In a separate pan / tadka pan heat ghee, add cumin seeds, when they begin to splutter.
  • Add the crushed kasori methi and red chilly powder. Remove from heat immediately and pour the tadka on the served dal.
  • For better aroma it is important to cover the dal bowl with a lid for few minutes. The aroma of the tadka sweeps into the dal gives amazing taste.
  • Garnish arhar dal with chopped coriander leaves.
  • This arhar dal without onion garlic can be served in lunch or dinner. It requires very little time to cook.

Tip : For vegetarians dal is a major source of protein. So it is very important to eat non polished and free from chemicals dal. And if possible preferably organic.