Simple Dal

Simple Dal


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About this recipe: This traditional Indian dish is a great way of cooking lentils. They are seasoned with cumin seeds, mustard seeds, ginger and fresh coriander. Enjoy with rice or naan bread.


Serves: 4 

  • 185g red lentils, soaked overnight
  • 900ml water
  • 3-4 shallots, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger root
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3-4 fresh green chillies, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 3-4 tablespoons oil or ghee (clarified butter)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 2 dried red chillies
  • 25g chopped fresh coriander

Prep:15min  ›  Cook:55min  ›  Extra time:8hr soaking  ›  Ready in:9hr10min 

  1. Place lentils and water in a large saucepan. Bring to the boil over high heat. Reduce heat and skim off any scum that appears.
  2. Add shallots, ginger, garlic, turmeric, salt and fresh chillies. Cook partially covered on medium-low heat for about 45 minutes or until dal reaches the desired consistency.
  3. When dal is ready, heat the oil in a frying pan over high heat. Add dried chillies and fry until brown. Add the cumin seeds and mustard seeds. Heat until the seeds begin to pop.
  4. Pour oil/seed mixture and coriander into the dal and cover immediately. Serve.

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