Just Curry


Tarka Dal

Tarka Dal

A very quick and easy vegetarian meal,

When ordered in a restaurant it often comes as a starter, it can be eaten on its own or enjoyed with a chapati. The standard dish is mild and has a slight burnt garlic taste. Although chili can be added to beef up this dish if preferred.

Tarka refers to the spices and dal is indian for lentils.

This dish is cooked in 2 parts and combined at the end. you can garnish with some chopped coriander when serving, often a dried red chilli is placed on the top for added colour.


Cooking time 15 mins.



Serves 4 starters 


1 Cup of red lentils
1 ½ Cups of water
Chopped Fresh coriander (about 2 tbs)



2 tbs of Ghee
2 tsp of cumin seeds
½ medium onion, finely chopped
6 clove of garlic, finely chopped