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Daal Recipes - Indian Lentil Recipes


Lentils form an important part of any Indian meal. Usually served as a side dish, they are a tasty way to get your protein for the day. The variety of lentils used and the different styles they are made in, in various parts of the country means you can try a different one everyday!

Rajma - Red Kidney Bean Curry

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Serve Rajma with plain boiled rice, Kachumbar salad and your favourite pickle.

Chole - North Indian Chickpea Curry

Serve this crowd pleaser piping hot and accompanied by Pooris/ Bhatooras (fried Indian bread).

Sambar - South Indian Lentil Curry

Serve Sambar piping hot with Idlis, Vadas or just plain and simple boiled rice.

Lehsuni Daal - Garlic Flavored Lentils

Made with masoor daal (orange lentils) this dish is simple and very tasty. It is in fact almost a staple in most homes.

Kaali Daal - North Indian Black Lentils

Kaali Daal is also known as Ma Ki Daal (mom's lentils) since it is wholesome and delicious! Serve it with a vegetable side dish and Naans (tandoor baked flatbread) or Butter Chicken and Naans.

Masala Daal

This is my Mom's recipe so I grew up eating and loving this Masala Daal!

Tadka Daal - Tempered Lentils

There are as many versions of this hugely popular dish in India! One of my personal favorite meals is Tadka Daal served with plain boiled rice.

Shahi Daal - Mixed Lentil Curry

A truly regal dish, Shahi Daal combines five different kinds of Daals (lentils) and is therefore also known as Panchratan (five gems) Daal.

Daal Bukhara - Bukhara Style Black Lentils

Bukhara-style cooking is from the North West Frontier Province of what used to be India before the partition happened at independence. NWFP is now in Pakistan but this rich style of cooking still happily straddles the border and is well loved on either side!

Palak Ki Daal - Lentils With Spinach

I love this Daal for two reasons - it's tasty and filled with good stuff!
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