Dal (Yellow Split Peas with Indian Spices)

Dal (Yellow Split Peas with Indian Spices)


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About this recipe: This dal recipe is great as it is not pureed but rather whole and makes a great cheap meal for you family.

dazviper Buckinghamshire, England, UK

Serves: 4 

  • 1 litre water
  • 250g yellow dried split peas
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3-4 whole green chillies, pricked with a knife
  • 2cm piece fresh ginger, peeled and cut into thin strips
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and left whole
  • 4 tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 handful chopped fresh coriander leaves

Prep:5min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:50min 

  1. Place the lentils and 900ml of the water into a pan, stir well and bring to the boil. Skim off any froth that forms on the surface of the water with a spoon. Cover the pan with a lid and reduce the heat to a simmer. Simmer, stirring regularly, for 35-40 minutes, or until the lentils are just tender, adding more water as necessary.
  2. When the lentils have cooked through, remove the pan from the heat and use a whisk to break down the lentils. Set the mixture aside to thicken and cool.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a pan over a medium heat. Add the cumin seeds and fry for 20-30 seconds, or until fragrant.
  4. Add the onion, chillies and ginger and fry for 4-5 minutes, or until golden brown.
  5. Blend the garlic and tomatoes to a puree in a food processor. Add the puree to the pan and stir well to combine.
  6. Add the ground spices and 100ml of water to the pan and stir well to combine. Season, to taste, with salt and simmer over a medium heat for 15-20 minutes, or until the oil from the sauce has risen to the surface of the sauce.
  7. Add the cooked lentils to the sauce and stir well, adding more water as necessary to loosen the mixture. Bring the mixture to the boil and season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Stir in the chopped coriander just before serving.


Serve with rice.

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liked it - 08 Apr 2016


Wonderful dal curry, I used green split peas but you could use an split beans. - 19 Dec 2014

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