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Milk Street Bowtie Dal Tarka

Dal Tarka

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30 minutes

Dal Tarka

4 Servings

Dal tarka combines two classic Indian preparations: dal, or lentil stew, and tarka, a mixture of spices and aromatics and the fat used to bloom them. The warm tarka is poured onto the dal as finishing touch, adding color and complex flavor and aroma to the creamy lentils. For this version, we use dried red lentils that cook quickly and readily break down to a coarse but velvety puree.

4

Servings

30 minutes

1 cup dried red lentils
1 teaspoon turmeric OR garam masala
Kosher salt and ground black pepper
3 tablespoons neutral oil OR salted butter OR ghee
1 tablespoon cumin seeds OR mustard seeds OR a combination
1 large shallot, halved and thinly sliced OR 1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced OR ½ medium red onion, thinly sliced
1 Fresno OR serrano chili, stemmed, seeded and thinly sliced
1 small tomato, finely chopped OR 1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger OR a combination
Optional garnish: Chopped fresh cilantro OR plain yogurt OR lemon wedges OR a combination
Ingredients
  • 1

    cup dried red lentils

  • 1

    teaspoon turmeric OR garam masala

  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper

  • 3

    tablespoons neutral oil OR salted butter OR ghee

  • 1

    tablespoon cumin seeds OR mustard seeds OR a combination

  • 1

    large shallot, halved and thinly sliced OR 1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced OR ½ medium red onion, thinly sliced

  • 1

    Fresno OR serrano chili, stemmed, seeded and thinly sliced

  • 1

    small tomato, finely chopped OR 1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger OR a combination

  • Optional garnish: Chopped fresh cilantro OR plain yogurt OR lemon wedges OR a combination

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Reviews
Rajat S.

Tadka is a little tough with neutral oil. You need the fat to really get the flavor .. Use coconut oil instead of ghee to keep it dairy free.. A large clove of finely chopped garlic after browning the shallot lends a lot of flavor. fry some whole red chilies in the oil to make it spicy. 1/2 tsp of paprika just before adding to the lentils gives a nice smoky flavor.

Jenni L.

Loved this, but double it if you expect to serve four.