soak for 2-3 hrs in hot water Hi! The recipe to make dal is very simple. As north indian dal is everyday's dish. U can just presoak the dal in hot water for 3-4 hrs if possible. But if its not possible just soak in very hot water for 1/2 hour. Just boil the dal with salt, red chilli powder and turmeric powder. Once its done put tadka in it. for tadka heat one tablespoon of oil add some cumin seeds to it and just put this tadka in dal. for masala tadka in heated oil put cumin seeds, chopped onion and brown the onions and then add ginger and garlic paste(garlic is optional) and tomatoes saute it till it becomes like mashed gravy type then put some more red chilli powder into it and finish it with garam masala. Add this tadka into any kind of daal. Serve hot daal with any kind of rice.