• prep: 15 min
  • cook: 1 hr 30 min
  • total: 1 hr 45 min
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  • Summary

    Recipe video below. There are countless variations of Dal all across India. This is a northern Indian version called "dal tadka" that's akin to what is served in Indian restaurants. "Tadka" refers to spices sizzling in hot oil that's poured over the dal. It's dramatic and gives it a flavour bump - but is optional. I include it for company, and leave it out for midweek or if being served alongside other punchy flavoured curries. Heat level in this recipe is mild - just a tickle. If you like it fiery, try leaving in the seeds in the chillies and/or adding some chilli powder. This is a dal that's flavourful to have as a main!

    Ingredients

    • 2 tbsp / 30 g ghee (, or 1 tbsp oil + 1 tbsp/15g butter (Note 1))
    • 2 green cayenne chillies (, deseeded and cut into chunks (optional) (Note 2))
    • 1 medium onion (, finely chopped (brown or yellow))
    • 6 garlic cloves (, finely chopped)
    • 1 tbsp ginger (, finely chopped (1.5cm / 3/5"))
    • 8 fresh curry leaves (, or 6 dried (Note 3))
    • 1 tomato (, chopped)
    • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
    • 1 cup dried chana dal (, yellow split peas or other yellow lentils (Note 4 for other lentils))
    • 4 cups / 1 litre water
    • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
    • 1/8 tsp garam marsala
    • 3/4 tsp salt
    • 1 1/2 tbsp / 20g ghee (, or half each butter + oil (Note 1))
    • 1 eschalot or 1/4 small onion (, halved lengthways and sliced (Note 5))
    • 1 tsp cumin seeds
    • 1/2 tsp black mustard seeds ((optional))
    • 3 dried chillies (, broken in half, seeds removed (optional))
    • Fresh coriander/cilantro sprigs ((optional))
    • Steamed basmati rice

    Instructions

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    Nutrition

    Nutritional Info
    • Servings Per Recipe: 3
    • Amount Per Serving
    • Calories: 410 % Daily Value *
    • Total Fat: 13 g 19.95%
    • Saturated Fat: 7 g 33.87%
    • Trans Fat: 0 g %
    • Cholesterol: 29 mg 9.52%
    • Sodium: 744 mg 31.01%
    • Calcium: 278 mg 27.78%
    • Potassium: 1522 mg 43.49%
    • Magnesium: 0 mg 0%
    • Iron: 15 mg 82.35%
    • Zinc: 0 mg 0%
    • Total Carbohydrate: 57 g %
    • Dietary Fiber: 13 g 53.4%
    • Sugar: 4 g
    • Protein: 22 g
    • Alcohol: 0 g
    • Omega 3 Fatty Acid: 0 g
    • Omega 6 Fatty Acid: 1 g
    • Vitamin A 290.92%
    • Vitamin C 381.22%
    • Vitamin D 0%
    • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
    Diabetes Exchanges
    • Exchange - Fat2
    • Exchange - Fruit0
    • Exchange - NonFat Milk0
    • Exchange - Other Carbs0
    • Exchange - Starch3
    • Exchange - Vegetables3
    • Exchange - Lean Meat1
    • Exchange - Alcohol0
    MyPlate Info
    • MyPlate - Grain Total0 oz-eq
    • MyPlate - Vegetable Total0 c
    • MyPlate - Fruit0 c
    • MyPlate - Dairy0 c
    • MyPlate - Protein Total3 oz-eq

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