Tadka Daal

Tadka Daal

On my recent trip back to London we stayed with my husbands family and i wanted to take advantage of the amazing Bengali food that his parents would prepare for us everyday. Im a big fan of lentils, and i especially love Daal, so i wanted a quick and simple recipe that i could prepare at home and more importantly something i could cook in bulk and freeze.

My mother in law showed me how to make a dish called Tadka Daal, its a two part recipe but is very simple to make. The dish we prepared also didn’t include any chillies which means the whole family can enjoy it.

Tadka Daal

February 12, 2018
: 4
: Easy

A simple daal recipe that the whole family will enjoy. Delicious with a side of basmati rice and/or a Paratha.


  • 400g red split lentils
  • 1/2 an onion
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp ginger powder
  • 1/4 tsp tumeric
  • 4 cloves of garlic, sliced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 6-8 fresh grape tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • Step 1 Wash the lentils in a pan until the water runs clear
  • Step 2 Cover the lentils with about an inch of cold water
  • Step 3 Add the onion and spices
  • Step 4 Boil on a medium/high heat uncovered until most of the water has been absorbed
  • Step 5 Blend the lentils until completely smooth and put to one side
  • Step 6 Over a high heat, add the oil to a pan until hot
  • Step 7 Add the garlic and bay leaf and stir constantly until the garlic is brown but make sure not to burn
  • Step 8 Pour the tempered mixture into the lentils and stir
  • Step 9 Enjoy with some rice or traditional paratha

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