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.
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