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How to Make Daal using Red Lentils

Updated on February 24, 2012
Spice tray for creating delicious lightly or strongly spiced meals
Spice tray for creating delicious lightly or strongly spiced meals | Source

Ingredients - what you will need

Serves 6-8

2 cups red lentils (washed)

1 small can tomato paste

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon tumeric

1 teaspoon red chilli powder

2 teaspoons of garam masala (mixed spice)

1 teaspoon powdered coriander

1 teaspoon ground ginger or finely chopped fresh ginger

1 teaspoon garlic powder or 2 cloves of finely chopped fresh garlic

1 onion finely chopped

1-2 green chillies finely chopped (optional)

garam masala
garam masala
Chop the onions finely
Chop the onions finely
wash the red lentils
wash the red lentils

Putting it all together

After washing the lentils bring them to a boil with 5 cups of water, add spices, tomato paste, chopped onion, garlic and ginger and chillies. Reduce heat to simmer and cover and cook on low heat for 30 minutes. Daal can be served thick or runny in consistency. You can add hot water to thin down the daal if it is too thick as you start to simmer.

To create tarka daal, fry some more chopped onion in oil until golden and place on top of the daal when you serve. (optional)

This dish is delicious for a light lunch - you can serve with natural yoghurt - or to accompany curries as a side. Add or reduce spice quantities to your taste. If the daal is perfect for you but too spicy for others, adding yogurt will cool the spices. Leave out the green chillies for a mild daal.

Note: this is a great choice when cooking for wheat and gluten free diets.

use gloves when chopping chillies
use gloves when chopping chillies
adding spice and onions et al to the boiling lentils
adding spice and onions et al to the boiling lentils
Green chillies for cooking currries and daal
Green chillies for cooking currries and daal


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    • Lizam1 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Scotland

      I hope it turned out well.:-)

    • topquark profile image


      6 years ago from UK

      I might make this tonight to accompany some curried squash. Thanks for the clear instructions.

    • Lizam1 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Scotland

      Thanks. Hope you will enjoy it when you make it.

    • Om Paramapoonya profile image

      Om Paramapoonya 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for the step-by-step instructions and lovely serving ideas. The photos are very nice, too. Rated up!


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