Starter Recipes > Tarka Dahl

How to make tarka dahl:
A classic Indian vegetarian dish.


1 cup red split lentils
2 slices of unpeeled fresh root ginger
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon cumin seeds, slightly crushed
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
1 red chilli, seeds removed and discarded. Chop pepper finely (REMEMBER to wash hands thoroughly immediately after chopping)
coriander leaf to serve
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- Put the lentils in a pan and cover with cold water.
- Bring to the boil.
- Remove any white scum and reduce to simmering.
- Add the turmeric and ginger and simmer until all the water has been absorbed and the lentils are tender.
- Be careful that the lentils do not burn.
- Remove from the heat and add a little salt.
- Take the ginger out and discard.
- Put the olive oil into a frying pan.
- Heat and add the cumin seeds, coriander seeds, garlic and chilli.
- Fry gently for a few minutes.
- Add the lentils and stir well.
- Serve garnished with coriander.