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Tarka Dhal

Tarka Dhal

 Prep.Time: 20 mins
 Cook.Time: 45 mins
 Difficulty: Easy
 Serves: 6-8


 Large Saucepan
 Frying Pan
 Potato Masher/Rolling Pin
 Sharp Knife
 Chopping Board
 Wooden Spoon


 120g/4oz Split Red Lentils
 60g/2oz Split Yellow Lentils
 600ml/1pt Water
 5-6 Cloves Garlic
 1tsp Chopped Ginger
 2 Chopped Green Chillies
 2 Tbsp Tomato Puree
 1 Tbsp Salt

 1 Sliced Onion
 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
 2 Medium Dried Red Chillies
 1 Sliced Tomato
 ¼ tsp Onion Seeds
 ¼ tsp Mustard Seeds


Wash the lentils and check for any stones.
Boil all the Dhal ingredients, apart from the salt, in the water
When the lentils are soft (about 20 minutes) use a rolling pin or potato masher to mash the lentil mixture down.
A porridge like consistency is what your aiming for.
Season with the salt and add more water if required.
For the Tarka fry all the Tarka ingredients over a medium heat till the onions are soft.
Pour the Dhal mixture into a warmed bowl.
Pour the Tarka over the Dhal.
Garnish with another sliced green chilli and a handful of chopped coriander.

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