Tarka daal

    35 min

    This Indian dal is a gorgeous, warming dish, perfect comfort or winter food! Enjoy on its own or as a side to your favourite curry.


    Devon, England, UK
    31 people made this

    Serves: 4 

    • 150g red lentils
    • 1 teaspoon turmeric
    • 2 cloves garlic
    • 2cm piece fresh root ginger
    • 1 fresh chilli
    • 1 small red onion
    • salt to taste
    • 1 knob of butter (optional)
    • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh coriander (optional)

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:35min 

    1. Wash the lentils through twice with warm water and once with cold. Add to a large saucepan. Cover the lentils so there is about 4cm extra water over the top and bring to the boil. Once it has reached boiling point, reduce heat to a simmer. Add a heaped teaspoon of turmeric to the water.
    2. Finely chop the garlic, ginger, chilli and onion. Saute in a frying pan until everything has softened and season with salt.
    3. Once the water has reduced and the lentils are mushy, stir in as much or as little salt as you like and then empty the onion mixture into the daal and stir through. For a little added richness, add a knob of butter into the mixture and stir in. Serve hot with some naan or alongside rice and curry.

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    I found that it needed less liquid than stated, other than that it was very tasty  -  02 Apr 2013


    I used green lentil instead of yellow and substituted the onion with carrot because my holistic doctor thinks that's what's making me slow. It was pretty good recipe that I enjoyed but I was still hungry after.  -  14 Dec 2017


    Made this as part of a meal. We made it with no butter, chilli powder instead of a chili,, and more lentils - a whole tin - and popped it in the oven. I think I added a spoon of curry paste too. I sweated the onions for a long time. It needed a drop more liquid. I'd add the butter next time. A really good, quick dish. Was yummy.  -  19 May 2017

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