Black Lentils (Kali Dhal) Curry

Black Lentils (Kali Dhal) Curry 1
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Kali Dal Curry

Black Lentils (Kali Dhal) Curry

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Course Side Dish
Cuisine North Indian
Servings 4


  • 1 cup kali dal mah dal/black lentils
  • 6 cups water 1 fresh green chili chopped
  • 3 tbsps vegetable oil
  • 1 inch "ginger peeled and chopped into tiny pieces
  • 2 teaspoon Coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon Garam Masala
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Black pepper
  • 2 teaspoon heavy cream optional
  • 10 leaves Coriander to garnish

How to make:

  • Wash the dal in several changes of water.
  • Drain and add the water.
  • Add salt, coriander powder and half of the ginger; cook on low heat for 2 - 3 hours or pressure-cook for 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat the oil, add remaining ginger, chili, and fry until golden brown. Add the cumin and pepper and stir.
  • Pour the above mixture into the dal and simmer for at least another 30 minutes.
  • Add heavy cream and simmer until the lentils are thoroughly soft.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves before serving.
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