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    Tarka Dal

    Total Time:

    Prep Time:

    Cook Time:

    1 hrs

    15 mins

    45 mins

    KVasanth's Note:

    This is again an interpretation of my m-i-l's delicious dal. This recipe makes a lot, but it's great to freeze for future meals.

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    Ingredients:

    Servings:

    Units: US | Metric

    Dal

    • 1 1/4 cups mung dal (miniature split yellow lentils)
    • 1/2 cup masoor dal (split red lentils)
    • 3 1/2 cups water (or more to keep fluid)
    • 1 tablespoon ginger or 1 tablespoon garlic paste
    • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
    • 2 hot green chili peppers, chopped finely
    • 2 tomatoes, chopped
    • 1/2 cup cauliflower
    • 1/2 cup drumstick leaves (well, actually, not the leaves but the drumstick itself, but it won't accept the term- it's a widely)
    • 1/4 cup curry leaf, loosely ripped
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice

    Tarka

    Garnish

    Directions:

    1. 1
      Be sure to rinse all lentils thoroughly, until the water runs quite clear.
    2. 2
      In a large dutch oven (or other large pot), add in all the ingredients for the dal and bring to a boil.
    3. 3
      Once dal reaches a boil, turn the heat down and simmer for 30 minutes. Stir occasionally, mashing lentils down to create a thick (but still quite liquid) mixture.
    4. 4
      In a separate skillet, heat oil over high heat. Add in mustard and kalonji seeds, allowing them to sizzle for 5-10 seconds. Add in the onion and the rest of the spices, stirring until the onion starts to brown.
    5. 5
      Pour onion/spice mixture over dal, and stir to incorporate completely. Add salt to taste.
    6. 6
      Simmer for a further 15 minutes to allow the flavors to marry.
    7. 7
      Stir in cilantro just before serving.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on August 29, 2007

      25

      not so good.

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    Nutritional Facts for Tarka Dal

    Serving Size: 1 (231 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 293.4
     
    Calories from Fat 71
    24%
    Total Fat 7.9 g
    12%
    Saturated Fat 1.5 g
    7%
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    0%
    Sodium 209.3 mg
    8%
    Total Carbohydrate 41.7 g
    13%
    Dietary Fiber 15.7 g
    63%
    Sugars 4.5 g
    18%
    Protein 15.9 g
    31%

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    drumstick leaves

    curry leaves

    seeds

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