How to Make Tarka Dal

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20-09-2020, 13:30
Tarka or "tadka" is a way of cooking in which spiced butter is used to season a dish. This one is a classic, comforting lentil dish. It's fantastic with fresh coriander leaves and hot naan bread.


  1. Prepare the lentils. Put 300g of red dal into a sieve, and rinse with cold water under a tap, until the water runs almost clear.
    • Bring 850ml of water to the boil in a non-stick pan, and add the lentils.
    • Immediately, add a teaspoon of turmeric and 1/4 teaspoon of ground coriander. Stir, then leave to bubble gently for 15 to 20 minutes, until the lentils are soft, and the water is frothy. Stir occasionally. {"smallUrl":"https:\/\/\/images\/thumb\/2\/25\/Make-Tarka-Dal-Step-1Bullet2.jpg\/v4-460px-Make-Tarka-Dal-Step-1Bullet2.jpg","bigUrl":"\/images\/thumb\/2\/25\/Make-Tarka-Dal-Step-1Bullet2.jpg\/aid524042-v4-728px-Make-Tarka-Dal-Step-1Bullet2.jpg","smallWidth":460,"smallHeight":306,"bigWidth":"728","bigHeight":"485","licensing":"<div class=\"mw-parser-output\"><p>License: <a target=\"_blank\" rel=\"nofollow noreferrer noopener\" class=\"external text\" href=\"https:\/\/\/licenses\/by-nc-sa\/3.0\/\">Creative Commons<\/a><br>\n<\/p><p><br \/>\n<\/p><\/div>"}
  2. Chop the onion and garlic. Cut the ends off a medium onion, and chop finely. Crush 2 cloves of garlic, remove the skin, and chop them finely.
  3. Spice the butter. Over a medium heat, melt 30g of butter in a non-stick frying pan. Then, add 1/4 teaspoon of cumin seeds, and about a 1/4 teaspoon of asafoetida.
  4. Add onions and garlic. Add the chopped onion and garlic to the frying pan, and fry until the onion starts to brown. This will take about 6 minutes.
  5. Add more spice. Sprinkle in 1/4 teaspoon of chilli powder and desired amount of salt. Keep stirring.
  6. Add the Lentils. Add the boiled lentils to the pan and keep frying for another 3-4 minutes. The lentils will absorb the flavours of the butter and spices.
  7. Add Garam Masala to give it a more spicy look. Add half a teaspoon of Garam Masala, and stir. Take the pan off the heat.
  8. Serve it and enjoy. Top the dal with a knob of butter, and scatter some fresh chopped coriander leaves to garnish.
  9. Finished.


  • 300 g red dal or lentils
  • 850 ml water
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp ground coriander
  • 30 g butter
  • 1/4 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp asafoetida
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 15-20 g of fresh coriander leaves
  • Salt to taste


Things You'll Need

  • 1 frying pan
  • 1 spatula
  • 1 sharp knife
  • 1 teaspoon
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