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Tarka Dal

Quick, easy and delicious dal is perfect as a snack, side dish or the main for supper.


250g orange / yellow lentils

  • 2 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 2 large tsps Spice&Easy Indian Spice Blend

  • 2 large tsps Spice&Easy Essential Garlic Granules

  • 2 large tbsps Spice&Easy Turmeric & Ginger Blend

  • 1 lg tsp Cumin (ground)

  • 2 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes

  • Sea or rock salt & fresh ground black pepper

  • 1 small bag frozen spinach or 1 bunch fresh

  • handful chopped fresh coriander leaves


  1. Rinse lentils well. In a pot cover them with water and bring to a boil. Skim off the froth and simmer for an additional 35-40 minutes until lentils are tender adding more water as needed

  2. Meanwhile, heat up the olive oil and gently fry the onions until golden brown. Add all the spices and garlic to the onions and heat gently. Add tomatoes leaving to simmer gently an additional 10 minutes. Add the spinach and simmer another 5 minutes.

  3. Add the cooked lentils to the sauce and stir well, adding more water as necessary to loosen the mixture. Bring the mixture to the boil and season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Stir in the chopped coriander just before serving.

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