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Tarka Dal

Tarka Dal -
Written by Gryphon

Tarka Dal is a superb comfort food and a warming dish on a cold day. This can be served as a side dish or a main dish with a spoonful of cooling yoghurt. The lentils in this dish are high in protein but low if fat and highly nutritious. This is a traditional Indian vegetarian dish using lentils (Dal) and spices that make this a superb dish with its peppery flavour and orange/yellow colouring. Served on a bed of freshly cooked rice makes this a popular dish. Also this dish will be very popular even to non-vegetarians as it is tasty, filling, aromatic with a vibrant colour.

Tarka Dal -

Tarka Dal

A traditional Indian vegetarian lentil dish that even carnivores will love.
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Vegetarian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 315kcal



  • To make the dal, place both dal in a large saucepan and pour over 3 pints of water.
  • Add the chillies, the turmeric and salt and bring to the boil.
  • Reduce the heat and simmer for 10–15 minutes, or until cooked through.
  • Meanwhile, heat the oil and butter in a small saucepan over a medium heat.
  • Add the cumin, garlic, ginger, onion and tomatoes and cook for 12–15 minutes.
  • When the dal is cooked, stir in the onion and tomato mixture and the garam masala, bring back to the boil, then remove from the heat.
  • Garnish with coriander before serving with the chapatis.


By aimee rivers (Flickr: Tarka Daal) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons


Sodium: 1293mg | Sugar: 2g | Fiber: 9g | Potassium: 415mg | Calories: 315kcal | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Fat: 12g | Protein: 16g | Carbohydrates: 38g