This is a variation of Tarka Dahl, a North Indian dish of yellow lentils seasoned with garlic and spiced oil. Although this recipe contains a whole head of garlic, do not be concerned about the garlic being overpowering - it acquires a lovely mellow flavour when roasted. I find it quite delicious. In regard to spiciness, though, to my taste this recipe is quite mild - next time I will include the white inner flesh and seeds of the chili, but you can remove these if you prefer. Incidentally, if you ever take a mouthful of something that is overwhelmingly hot, don’t rush for water – the best remedy is milk, vinegar, or alcohol! Accompany this dish with rice or Indian bread, and a vegetable dish.