Basic Dal Recipe

Basic Dal Recipe is a popular Indian Curries
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Serves 4
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100 gms - Dal/lentils

3 cups - water

2 - Carrots diced (optional)

1 Tomato diced

1 Onion (sliced or chopped)

Seasoning: 3/4 tsp - Turmeric powder

3/4 tsp - Chilli powder

Salt according to taste

Tempering: 1/4 tsp - Mustard Seeds

1/4 tsp - Jeera seeds

2-3 Dry Red Chillies

5-6 Curry leaves

1 tbsp - Ghee

1 tbsp - oil

1/4 tsp - Asafoetida

3-4 Garlic Cloves (finely chopped)

Garlic small piece (finely chopped)

Garnish: Coriander, finely chopped

Accompaniments: Steamed Rice



  1. Pressure cook the dal with the tomato and carrot.
  2. Once soft and cooked to a mushy consistency, set aside.
  3. In a heavy bottom wok, add some oil and ghee and heat.
  4. Add the mustard seed, jeera seeds, dry chillies, asafoetida and curry leaves.
  5. Once you get the aroma, add the ginger and garlic and saute.
  6. Add the onions and saute till golden brown.
  7. Once brown, add the spice powders and mix well, While doing so, turn down the heat to prevent the spices from burning.
  8. Add the dal to the tempered ingredients and mix well.
  9. This simple and easy to make dal is ready to be served. Garnish with chopped coriander on a bed of steamed rice with an additional swirl of ghee.

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