Tarka Dahl Recipe

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Tarka Dahl Recipe

Serves 4

2016 is the International Year of Pulses, so what better way to celebrate this than kicking off the new year with a simple, but healthy tarka dahl recipe. Red lentils are a great source of protein and are a good choice, as they are a sustainable food source. You can make a batch of this as this will freeze.

Ingredients

320g red lentils
2 tsp turmeric
2 tsps butter
1 onion
4 cloves of garlic
2 hot chillies
½ tin tomatoes (200g)
2 tsps cumin
2 tsps garam masala

Method

Put the lentils in pan and cover them with cold water. Add enough water to cover them completely, with about an extra inch of water above the surface of the lentils.

Tarka Dahl Recipe

Bring them to the boil and let them boil for about 10 minutes.

During this time, scum will appear on the surface. Spoon this off.

After 10 minutes, add the turmeric and 1 tsp of butter.  Turn the heat down to simmer. Do this for for approximately 15 minutes.

During this time. Chop an onion, the fresh chillies and finely chop (or press) the garlic.

Add 1 tsp of butter to a small frying pan.

Then add the onion, fresh chillies and half the garlic.

Tarka Dahl Recipe

Once the onion is soft, add the tomatoes, cumin and garam masala and heat through gently.

Tarka Dahl Recipe

Once the lentils are soft and the consistency isn’t too watery (perhaps that of a porridge) add the onion mixture and stir through.

Tarka Dahl Recipe

Finally, add the remaining garlic. Stir through and serve.

Tarka Dahl Recipe

This dish would make a lovely meal accompanying a dry-spiced meat dish or would work perfectly with naan or chapatis. I’ll share my recipe for tandoori chicken which goes really nicely with this tarka dahl recipe.

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39 thoughts on “Tarka Dahl Recipe

  1. Oh this looks and sounds delicious. I am a huge foodie so this is right up my street. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me and your continual support as it’s getting quieter and quieter on SWM these days I hope it long continues for us all to share. #sharewithme

    • Sally Sally says:

      Thanks Jenny. It was delicious. No worries, thank for hosting. I hope it picks up for you as I enjoy coming along and reading the posts.

  2. Oh yum! I've never had this type of dish, but I love lentils. Will definitely have to try it out 🙂 Thanks for linking up with us in the #BestoftheBlogosphere link-up!

    • Sally Sally says:

      If you love lentils you'll definitely love this Ashley. It's a fabulous use of them. Dahl is one of my all time favourite dishes.

    • Sally Sally says:

      Oooh. I hope you like it. It's one of our all time favourites when we go out for an Indian, so it seemed like a great idea to recreate it at home.

    • Sally Sally says:

      You definitely should give it a go Fionnuala. It's a really good dish to cook a big batch up of and then heat back up when you need it. Mine froze well and didn't lose any of the taste or consistency when I defrosted it.

  3. Sally, I love lentils, and this looks and sounds so delish. We've added more lentils to our diet now that my daughter has decided to eat a vegetarian diet and I'm always looking for new ways to serve them. This is perfect! Pinning!

    • Sally Sally says:

      I'm glad it will be useful then! And I hope you enjoy it, should you make it. I love a nice Indian dish, especially one that is low in fat. You can enjoy the flavours without worrying too much about the calories.

    • Sally Sally says:

      This dish is perfect for you then. Pulses are such a nice way of mixing up the meal ingredients. So versatile.

    • Sally Sally says:

      Lovely to meet you too Sadhna. Thanks for your lovely comments, it did taste very nice. I will be making another big batch soon.

    • Sally Sally says:

      Thanks Sarah. I hope you enjoy it. I have the accompanying tandoori chicken recipe (the one you can see in the picture) coming soon, so pop back and check that one out too.

    • Sally Sally says:

      It truly was. We made a big batch and had the rest of it this weekend. It froze and defrosted well, so was super quick to make an easy Indian dish at the weekend.

    • Sally Sally says:

      It was really yummy. Indian food doesn't have to be all heavy creamy sauces, it can be low fat delicious food too.

    • Sally Sally says:

      You definitely should. I made the tandoori chicken (that you can see in the picture) so I'll be sharing that soon, perhaps you can give them a go together?

  4. I'm afraid the closest I will get to a pulse in 2016 will be the one in my wrist! This looks really interesting but I am the most boring eater (and laziest cook) in the world. Hopefully someone will whip some up for me in honour of 2016 and I'll think of you while I eat it 🙂

    • Sally Sally says:

      Oh dear Leanne. You'll just have to go out for an Indian then and order some tarka dahl (or any kind of dahl) in celebration of the pulse. Yes I think having someone else to cook it is a fabulous idea!

    • Sally Sally says:

      Oh yes, if you love lentils, you'll definitely love this Katrin. We made a big batch and so have extras to have for a second meal. Yum!

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