Tarka dal

Summary

Yield
Servings
SourceRick Stein
Prep time5 minutes
Cooking time1 hour
Total time1 hour, 5 minutes

Description

A quick and easy Indian lentil dish.

Ingredients

200 g
Yellow dal (lentils) (Toovar or chana, soaked in cold water for 1 hour)
2
tomatoes (Chopped)
1
onion (Chopped)
2
green chillies (Split lengthways and seeds removed)
2 clv
garlic (Peeled)
1 t
salt
1⁄2 t
turmeric
1 t
black mustard seeds
2 t
shallots (Finely chopped)
2
Dried chillies (Broken up)
15
Curry leaves
1 bn
Fresh corriander leaves (Chopped)

Instructions

1. Drain the dal and put in a large saucepan. Cover with water, 4 cm above the line of the dal.

2. Add tomatoes, onion, green chillies, garlic, and turmeric.

3. Bring to the boil and simmer for 45 minutes to an hour, depending on which dal you are using.

4. When the dal is cooked, but retains a slight bite heat some more oil in a pan over a medium heat.

4. Add the mustard seeds, shallots, dried chillies and curry leaves.

5. Fry for 2 to 3 minutes till the shallots are soft and golden.

6. Put the dal in a serving dish, pour over the tarka, sprinkle the coriander and serve.

Notes

Tarka is a mixture of spices that are fried in very hot oil and poured, sizzling on top of a dal dish.

In this recipe the tarka ingredients are the mustard seeds, shallots, dried chillis and curry leaves.