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easy homemade tarka daal by larderlove

Easy Homemade Tarka Daal

Karon Grieve
This super easy homemade tarka daal makes the perfect comfort food dip or loosen it up for a soup, ecconomical and easy to make
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4
Calories 314 kcal


  • 250 g red lentils
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 stalk celery finely chopped
  • 1 carrot finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ginger grated fresh ginger, or 1/2 tsp ground ginger instead
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp dried chilli flakes
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • coriander fresh coriander to serve


  • Soak the lentils for 1 hour or overnight if you remember
  • Drain lentils and place in a pan with 1 litre of water and bring to the boil then simmer
  • Meanwhile in a frying pan saute the onion, garlic and ginger for 5 minutes in the oil and add all the spices
  • Add the other veggies and stir and saute for 5 more minutes adding the tomato puree
  • Toss this veggie mix into the lentil pan and stir well adding your seasoning
  • Leave it for about 45 minutes till it all thickens up and add the fresh coriander to serve
  • Want to make it into a soup, add more water!


Serve with curry, as a dip with pitta breads, use in sandwiches, with BBQ and so much more


Calories: 314kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 17gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 6gSodium: 614mgPotassium: 797mgFiber: 21gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 2745IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 69mgIron: 6mg
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Keyword dips, Indian, lentils, tarka daal
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