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Tadka – (Tempering)

Tadka in Indian cooking means tempering. It adds smokiness to the dish when tempered.

How to Temper? Heat the oil in a pan on medium flame. When it’s hot enough but not too hot then add the cumin seeds, mustard seeds and cook until you hear the crackling sound.

Do not let it burn and always keep the flame on medium heat. Once it crackles then pour it over the dish .

Spices for Tempering

Cumin Seeds

Mustard Seeds

Curry Leaves

Fenugreek leaves

Nigella seeds


Oils used for Tempering


Coconut Oil

Any High heat oil

Indian Dishes that are tempered

Dal (Lentil Soups)


I am Smita Chutke , and welcome to my blog. Cooking for me is an art. Once you know the techniques then you have freedom to experiment and create something new.


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