Friday, 17 January 2014

Tharka Daal

This is a recipe for daal that has fried garlic as a base - this is the tharka element. It gives the dish a wonderful aroma of  garlic, combined with the fragrant spices it's so simple but full of flavour.

It's another dish that is super cheap to make, a little goes a long way and is made in just 5 steps 

The amount below will easily serve 4 people:

3 tbsp melted butter
1 small onion
1tbsp oil
1tsp mustard seeds
3 garlic cloves crushed
6-8 fenugreek seeds
1/2 inch piece crushed / grated ginger
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup /6 oz red lentils
1 pint/600ml water
2 tsp tomato puree
1 large tomato
1 1/2 tsp curry powder
1 green chilli
coriander to garnish

  • In a heavy based pan, add the melted butter & oil. Finely slice the onions and add to the pan on a high heat. When browned, add in the mustard seeds and cover the pan with a lid until the mustard seeds start popping
  • Take off the lid straight away, lower the heat slightly & add in the garlic, ginger, salt, fenugreek & green chilli
  • Stir through, add in the tomato puree, chopped up tomato & curry powder once the garlic and ginger have browned.
  • Add in the lentils & the water, simmer on a low heat for about 15 minutes
  • Just before serving garnish with coriander & serve with naan or boiled rice

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