Home-style lentils (Tarka Dhal)

Home-style lentils (Tarka Dhal)

Daal is a staple of the Indian diet and appear is numerous incarnations. This is a simple highly seasoned dish, which is very easy to make and needs no forward planning.

Serves4 Origin India
Preparation 5mins Heat rating (Medium)
Cooking 30mins Ease (Easy)
Vegetarian Yes


Ground Ginger
1 tsp Ground Turmeric
300g yellow pea split peas or chana lentils (use green puy lentils if you can not find the others)
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp finely chopped garlic
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 tsp chopped coriander leaves
A pinch of sugar


Put the lentils, salt and turmeric into a thick-bottom pan with a litre of water. Simmer for 15-20 minutes until the lentils are soft and cooked (this will depend on the lentils you are using). In a frying pan, heat the oil and fry the garlic to a light brown colour, add the red chilli powder, fry for a minute. Add the tomatoes and cook for 3-4 minutes, then add the cooked lentils, check the seasoning and add a pinch of sugar. Simmer for 10-15 minutes. Sprinkle with chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with rice.

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