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Daal - Lentil Curry

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A South Asian Pot O Gold. Try this amazing Daal recipe today!
  Masoor dal 1 Cup (16 tbs) (split orange lentils)
  Turmeric 3⁄4 Teaspoon
  Chili flakes 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Salt 1 Teaspoon
  Garlic onion ginger paste 1 Tablespoon
  Chilies 1 Small
  Lemon juice 1⁄2 Small
  Tamarind paste 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Water 3 1⁄2 Cup (56 tbs)
For the tarka
  Oil 3 Tablespoon
  Onion 1⁄2 Small, finely chopped
  Curry leaves 20 Small
  Mustard seeds 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Cumin seeds 3⁄4 Teaspoon

1. Chop the onions, set aside.
2. Clean and pick any unwanted pebbles from the lentils.
3. Wash the lentils under running water until the water runs off clean.
4. Add the lentils to a large pot and over medium high heat pour the water.
5. Add the turmeric, chilli flakes, salt, garlic and ginger paste, fresh chillies or chili chutney.
6. Once the mixture comes to a boil add the lemon juice and tamarind pulp.
7. On low heat simmer the lentils for 25-30 minutes.
8. When it’s close to the cooking time start with the tarka.
9. In a frying pan pour oil over medium high heat and fry the onions until brown, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and curry leaves.
10. Fry for 1 minute and then add the lentils, let it sit for 5 minutes covered.

11. Serve the hot daal with basmati steamed rice.

If you want to make a daal soup instead of a stew add 5 1/2 cups of water at this stage and then follow the recipe identically.

Things You Will Need
Large pot
Large frying pan

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
45 Minutes
Ready In: 
60 Minutes

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 295 Calories from Fat 111

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 13 g19.2%

Saturated Fat 1.6 g8%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

Sodium 636.8 mg26.5%

Total Carbohydrates 33 g11.1%

Dietary Fiber 15.6 g62.6%

Sugars 2.6 g

Protein 13 g26.6%

Vitamin A 1.5% Vitamin C 17.3%

Calcium 4.5% Iron 27%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Daal - Lentil Curry Recipe Video