Indian Bengali Vegetarian Dals
Last updated 6/12/2012 1:02:53 AM. Recipe ID 26550. Report a problem with this recipe.
Title: Toker dal
Categories: Main dish, Indian, Bengali, Vegetarian
Yield: 4 Servings
3 c Water
1 c Red lentils
1 tb Ginger, minced
1 ts Green chile, seeded & minced
1/2 ts Salt
1 ts Sugar
1/2 ts Tamarind concentrate*
1 ts Vegetable oil
1/4 ts Black mustard seeds
1/2 ts Five spice powder, roasted
Bring water to a boil over medium heat & add lentils. Reduce heat &
simmer, covered, until the lentis are tender, about 15 minutes. Add
the ginger & chile & then puree in a blender. Return to pan & bring
back to a simmer. Add salt, sugar & tamarind. Stir until the
tamarind has dissolved & then remove from the heat.
Heat oil in a small skillet over low heat. Fry the mustard seeds for
a few seconds. As soon as they start to pop, pour them into thee
dal. Simmer for a further 2 or 3 minutes. Stir in the 5-spice
powder. Cover & let stand for a few moments to develop the flavour.
Garnish with cilantro & lemon wedges.
*Replace with tamarind puree. Use 6 to 8 tb of the puree.
Bharti Kirchner, "The Healthy Cuisine of India: Recipes from the
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