8 Reviews

I made this for dinner tonight to serve alongside hot steaming white rice. This did not work out at all as given in this recipe for me. It was a total disaster when I made it as stated. First of all, Indian lentil curries do use a whole lot more of seasonings in them and they are really really flavourful- so flavourful that you could smell the aroma of the curry in the next room and they would get you running to the table. Secondly, every Indian housewife has a golden rule of using atleast 1 tomato(usually more, say 2-3 as for the qty. of lentils in this recipe) in her lentil curries if you observe or discuss with them. The reason is that the tomato(es) on getting tender, gives out water and flavour, both of which are a must for the dal to be a success. Anyways, these were just for your information. Now, I did make this dal exactly as per your recipe. I did substitute the chilli pepper with a single slit green chilli. First of all, I was shocked on seeing the amount of oil(which I used as a substitute for butter)that this had. I had to actually remove almost all the oil(except a little more than 1/2 tbsp). Then, I had to think quickly and actually fix this right before my guests popped in. So this is what I did:- I added 2 peeled and chopped medium tomatoes, 5 cloves, 1 inch cinnamon stick, 4 1/2 tsps. corriander powder, 1 1/2 tsps. red chilli powder, 1 1/4 tsps. dried kasoori methi(crumbled between my palms), the juice of 1 lemon(freshly squeezed), 1 1/2 tsps. salt and 1 tsp. turmeric powder. In addition to this, I added 3/4 cup + a little over half a cup of water as well. I stirred this all together nicely and kept it on low flame to allow all the masalas to blend well with the dal and make it more flavourful and truly what an Indian dal must taste like(about 10-15 minutes). I garnished it with fresh corriander leaves(finely chopped). The dal now tasted so good and smelt so incredible that my guests couldn't wait to sit down to eat and mom actually gave me this beautiful compliment, "Chinu, you made this from a zero to a hero!"(as she had been taste-testing this while it cooked as per this recipe). By the way, I made this yesterday as well using Red lentils(masoor dal) just as I have just mentioned and it went very well with hot white rice. I am sorry but the recipe as it is mentioned here was really really horrible. I am sorry to use those words, but honestly, that is how it was. I really wish you would try this dal as per the way I did rectify and improve it. It really is tasty if you try it with these changes. I hope you will.

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Charishma_Ramchandani June 16, 2003

Brilliant recipe. Turned out very tasty! It's not like the dal I ate in Nepal but it actually tastes a lot better. Thanks!

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queengasbag February 27, 2010

I don't know any Indian housewives, so I can't speak to this recipe's authenticity as well as Charishma, but I made this recipe more or less as written (omitted the onion and chili, tripled the garlic) and ended up with a dal identical to the garlicky, soupy, buttery, smooth and somewhat bland sort commonly served in small cups as a condiment in Indian restaurants here in New York. I don't think this recipe was intended to be a curry, and it would definitely make a very bad curry if it were--this is in no sense a meal--but as a condiment, it is delicious. Dip some naan or paratha in it, spoon it over your rice, or whatever. I had mine this afternoon for a snack with some pita. Only one note: the recipe says to sauté the butter, cumin, onion, and garlic for a full 20 minutes. If you are using onion, you should add it to the pan several minutes before the cumin and garlic, as they will likely burn before the onions are golden if added all at once. I also prefer mincing the garlic and onion.

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mccormack.kathleen August 26, 2008

The Dal was very easy to make, no complicated ingredients, it smelled yummy and was very tasty - my husband and I loved it and will certainly make it again!

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SplitPea February 20, 2008

Fairly quick and easy to make. Smells fantastic while cooking, found it needed just a bit of salt at the end. Easy to make with normal things you have in a cupboard. Served with basmati rice and tandoori chicken for a very pretty color and nice meal.

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Kasha August 22, 2006

I really liked this version of Dal. It made the Dal look very special when I put the Dal in a serving dish and poured the spiced butter over the top. We had visitors who had never eaten Dal before and they loved it. The Dal smelt delicious. I severed this with your Pumpkin Curry Pumpkin Curry. What a wonderful hearty meal with had. Thank you for sharing your recipes with us.

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Chrissyo April 09, 2003

This was soooo delish ! Simple and tasty to make. I made a double batch and will have for lunches and snacks for the rest of the week. Loved the hearty texture of the Dal. Keeper for my recipe collection !

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Luvfood April 03, 2003

I'm not sure how much butter that is but I just had 2 tbsp and it turned out fine. Also I substituted all purpose seasoning (that had chilli powder in it) for the pepper. It was very garlicy!

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Juliann April 03, 2003