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    Tarka Dhall

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    50 mins

    5 mins

    45 mins

    Brian Holley's Note:

    Dhall is served at almost every meal in India. It is a staple food, there are many versions of this dish. Remember it's not an authentic meal if you serve curry without t he dhall. Here is one of my favourites, very easy to cook.

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    1. 1
      Wash lentils till the water runs clear.
    2. 2
      Drain the lentils.
    3. 3
      Place lentils in pan with the water, salt, turmeric, onion, garlic and chillis.
    4. 4
      Cook till the lentils are soft and sloppy.
    5. 5
      Heat the oil in a separate pan, fry the cumin seeds till they start to pop, add the garlic and cook 30 seconds.
    6. 6
      Serve the lentils with the fried garlic and cumin seeds poured over them.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on May 06, 2009


      Simple and delicious! I like a more runny dal so I halved the lentils. I also followed eatrealfood's tip of frying the onion and adding it at the end. Thanks Brian!

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    • on November 07, 2008


      this is how i make my dal too. except that i don't boil the onion along with the lentils - i saute it till golden brown along with the cumin, chili, and perhaps a cinnamon stick and bayleaf. for a change you can also add mustard seed.

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    • on November 06, 2008


      Simple, quick dhal recipe! I used a combination of red and black lentils, which worked out well, the black giving it a bit of texture. Next time I think I'd add some mustard seeds along with the cumin seeds. Yum! Thanks Brian H!

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    Nutritional Facts for Tarka Dhall

    Serving Size: 1 (412 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 219.0
    Calories from Fat 67
    Total Fat 7.4 g
    Saturated Fat 0.9 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 595.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 28.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 9.9 g
    Sugars 4.4 g
    Protein 11.2 g

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