Mar 23 2010

Tarka Dal

by Angela

This is a delicious vegan Indian dish best served with basmati rice!

Recipe: Tarka Dal


  • 1/2 cup red lentils
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 3 tbs. vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp. garam masala
  • 2 tsp. finely chopped cilantro


  1. Wash the lentils in several changes of water.
  2. Then put the lentils in a pot with the water and salt.
  3. Bring to a boil, then simmer uncovered skimming off any froth.
  4. Then partly cover the pot and simmer for about 45min. to 1 hour (should be a pale yellow soup like consistency, you can add more water if needed).
  5. Fry garlic and onion in oil until pale brown (you should start this about 15 to 20min. before the lentils will be finished cooking).
  6. When garlic and onion has turned a pale brown add the garam masala and cook for 2 to 3 seconds.
  7. Pour garlic and onion into cooked dal and add chopped cilantro.

Meal type: dinner

Culinary tradition:

Indian (Southern)