Vegetable Tadka – The Bengali version

Vegetable Tadka - Bengali Version
  • Servings : 4
  • Prep Time : 20m
  • Cook Time : 20m
  • Ready In : 5m

Tadka‘ , the word sets the spirit high anticipating something delicious:) A few states of India especially the southern regions believe in adding ‘tadka‘ or the special touch almost to their every recipe. Generally they throw in a dash of Curry leaves along with black mustard seeds in coconut oil and put the mixture just before plating their recipes.Nice spluttering of mustard seeds steals the attention of the day for people who are fond of Southern dishes. Here in Bengal, ‘Tadka‘ smells the generous flavor of green gram dal/moong dal and little bit of bengal gram split/chana dal. I heard a few would like to add Black gram Dal/ Biulir Dal but I get enough satisfaction using the previous two. The only constraint to prepare the recipe lies in the lengthy soaking process it requires in order to get the actual fluffy form of both dals.

I heard my aunt saying ‘Tadka‘ would be a quick addition to traditional Bengali meal when it comes to making a short but tasty dinner for your sudden guests. I presumed it might be an apt dish when I will be no where nearer to produce any special meal even for my own appetite. Later I came to know my aunt intended to cook a non veg dish incorporating scrambled eggs and this is the traditional Bengali form of ‘Tadka’. I deferred and conceived the idea of making ‘Vegetable Tadka’. When I finally managed to cook the actual dish as I have envisioned it to be, it evolved not only as a quick vegetarian dish but also a wonderful smoky and tasty recipe to conquer your appetite at just one go. Simple Rotis can make the side dish worth of a superb veggie dinner without any extra addition.

Sincerely it gives me immense pleasure to jot down my culinary experience and sharing several recipes which lifted my imagination to a new height. For me cooking regular recipes is somehow different from preparing dishes to enjoy the rare moments of satisfaction one gets after eating them. So I chose the second option and obtain to cook meals as I pictured them; not limited to any tradition. ‘Vegetable Tadka‘ – The Bengali version as the title states is actually my version of veg tadka with a few slight twist and turns. I hope you all like it:)



  • Moong Dal or Green Gram Whole: 200 gms
  • Chana Dal or Bengal Gram Split and skinned: 30 gms
  • Onions: 3 medium julienned
  • Green Chilli: 7-8
  • Tomato: 2 Medium chopped
  • Ginger Paste: 3-4 tbspoonful
  • Garlic Paste: 2 tspful
  • Whole cinnamon: 1 broke into small pieces
  • Whole green cardamom: 6 smashed a bit
  • Powdered Garam Masala (Cinnamon, Cardamom, Clove): 2 tsp
  • Kashimiri Red Chilli powder: 3 tsp
  • Whole Cumin: 2 tsp
  • Ground Coriander Powder: 3 tbsp
  • Dried Methi/ Fenugreek Leaves: 3 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • 4 tbsp good oryzonal containing oil
  • Turmeric powder: 2 tsp
  • Water for boiling
  • Ghee/ Butter: 3 tsp


Step 1

Soak Moong Dal and Chana Dal combined overnight. Clean well and boil. Keep aside.

Step 2

Add cumin seeds and whole cinnamon, cardamom in hot oil. Throw green chillies just after that into the oil. Wait until the sweet aroma of cinnamon and cardamom comes out.

Step 3

Add onions and saute till golden brown. Time to mix tomatoes and ginger garlic paste. Stir well and and proceed adding 1/2 of the dried fenugreek leaves.

Step 4

A mesmerizing aroma of all spices along with Fenugreek leaves will come out eventually. It is the perfect slot to add boiled daal mixture. Stir continuously as it has a tendency to stick to the bottom of the pan.

Step 5

Sprinkle salt and turmeric powder and mix. Add kashmiri chilli powder and ground Garam Masala slowly and steadily.

Step 6

Pour in a small amount of water as there is generous amount of boiled water already added. Time to add the rest of dried fenugreek and saute well. Put the lid on for next 10 minutes.

Step 7

Open the lid and yummy butter goes into it. Yippeeeeeeee Healthy and Tasty Vegetable Tadka is ready to go with Roti to fulfill the appetite you stored to explore for your sumptuous dinner.

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