Tarka Dal

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Total Time:
45 mins
Rated : 3 Stars
Nutrition facts:

240 calories, 9 grams fat

Course: Main Recipe
Cuisine: Indian Recipe
Technique: Saute Recipe
Difficulty: Medium

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  • 1/2 cup - Polished masoor dal (split red lentils)
  • 2 tbsp - Ghee
  • 1 - Onion, finely chopped
  • 1 - Clove Garlic, finely chopped
  • Salt
  • 1 - small Onion, sliced into long thin strips
  • 1 tsp - Cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp - Black Peppercorns
  • 1/2 tsp - Turmeric

How to Make Tarka Dal

  • Sift through the lentils to remove grit, etc. then wash, and soak them for 1 hour minimum.
  • Boil 1.5 cups water, then add the lentils.
  • Stir well, and cook for about 30 mins. Meanwhile, fry the cumin and peppercorns in 1 tbsp. ghee for 2 mins.
  • Then add the onion and garlic and fry until golden. Add the onion and spices mixture to the lentils when they are cooked, plus the turmeric.
  • Add a little water if necessary, add salt.
  • Add remaining ghee and when melted serve, or put into warming drawer or low even where it will keep quite happily.
  • Fry an onion garnish on dal.