Dal Recipes

Dozens of dal recipes from every region in India, including Dal Makhani, Dhabay ki Dal, Maa ki Dal, Sambar, Cholar Dal, and more

Methi-Dal

Methi Dal

-+*There’s something about the mighty Methi that makes those of us who love it go weak in the knees. If you’ve never eaten this vegetable you might find it hard to believe that a leafy green, one that’s even slightly bitter, should evoke such passion. But try it in a dish like this Methi Dal, and…

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Dal Bukhara

Dal Bukhara

-+*Since I’m majoring in dals right now, I am trying to make the experience about as much fun as my waistline — and Jay’s tastebuds — can handle. Therefore, this deceptively luscious Dal Bukhara. There are many stories woven around India’s famous restaurant foods and how they originated, but Dal Bukhara comes with a true…

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Amaranth Dal

Amaranth Dal

-+*My Amaranth Dal is an  easy weeknight recipe that’s bursting with health and flavor. Even better, it’s kid-friendly. Or rather, my kid-friendly. You’ve probably eaten amaranth grain in cereals, but if you’ve never tried amaranth leaves before, you absolutely must. These are among the most widely cooked greens in Indian kitchens (called chaulai in north…

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Ma Ki Dal, a creamy, comforting dal made by moms all over India. http://holycowvegan.net

Maa ki Dal

-+*There is perhaps no north Indian dish that oozes comfort quite the way a Maa ki Dal does. And it starts with the name. Maa ki Dal literally translates to “Mom’s Dal” — now didn’t you feel your belly grow all warm and mushy at the sound of that? Rich and soothing, this is exactly…

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Cholar Dal

Cholar Dal

-+*Recipes for Cholar Dal almost always start off by alerting you that this is a dish for special occasions, served at Bengali weddings or other life events. Its simplicity, though, tempts one to break that hallowed tradition and label this a dal perfect for weeknight meals. In fact, that’s exactly what I am going to do…

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Eggplant Kootu

Brinjal Pulippu Kootu

-+*I say brinjal, you say eggplant, and they say aubergine. Whatever. It’s delicious, it’s my favorite veggie, and today I have for you one of the most delicious ways you can cook it up and eat it: Brinjal Pulippu Kootu, a tangy dal you might never have eaten before unless you’re a native of Tamil…

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Onion Sambar

Onion Sambar | Vengaya Sambar

-+*It’s almost a given that you cannot go to a Tamil home without being invited to stay for a meal. Tamilians love to feed as much as they love to eat, and when we go to Chennai on our visits back to India it is not unusual for us to have two lunches, two dinners,…

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pooshnikai sambar 3

White Pumpkin Sambar

-+*When you’re married to a Tamilian as long as I have been, everyone pretty much considers you an honorary member of the club. But when it comes to my in-laws, nothing wins me more Tamil points than cooking up for them a fabulous south Indian meal that leaves them licking their fingers. Because Tamilians love…

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Fat-free dal

Fat-Free Slow Cooker Dal

-+*Winter makes me want to pull out the slow cooker and get something cooking. Because there’s something warm and fuzzy and comforting about food cooked in a crockpot. And is there one good reason not to love food that cooks itself? My Fat Free Slow Cooker Dal requires just a little bit of prep, but…

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Kale Dal

In My Kitchen, September 2013

-+*September is when my kitchen is still in the throes of summer but readying for the winter ahead. Some days are cool enough to cook up a storm. Others hot enough to almost make you throw out the apron and order in.Almost, but not quite. Perhaps because I grew up in Bombay, where my mom…

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Dhabay ki Dal

Dhabay ki Daal

-+*Dhabas are north India’s greasy spoons– tiny roadside shacks that dot highways and mostly cater to weary truckers who pull in for a hearty, hot meal before heading over to the petrol pump (as gas stations are known in India) next door. Outside each dhaba are rows of charpoys, small Indian cots, where the truckers…

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Mushroom Dal

Dal with Roasted Mushrooms: Countdown to Valentine’s Day

-+*Continuing with our Valentine’s Day countdown, today I have for you a delicious — and perfect– accompaniment to the Asparagus and Saffron Biryani I last shared: Pink Lentils with Roasted Mushrooms. Mushrooms are prized by vegetarians for their earthy, addictive flavor but also for their satisfying texture that makes them a great substitute for meat….

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sweet potato curry

Sweet Potato and Vaal Dal Curry

-+*I am dropping out of oblivion for a quick moment to share an easy and delicious weeknight recipe: Sweet Potato and Vaal Dal Curry. Vaal is a beloved legume on India’s west coast. A small bean that’s more round than oval, it has a hard beige coat that is pretty much inedible, unlike the coats…

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