Daal Recipes - Indian Lentil Recipes

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Lentils form an important part of any Indian meal. Usually served as a side dish, they are a tasty way to get your protein for the day. The variety of lentils used and the different styles they are made in, in various parts of the country means you can try a different one every day!

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    Serve Rajma with plain boiled rice, Kachumbar salad, and your favourite pickle.

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    Serve this crowd pleaser piping hot and accompanied by Pooris/ Bhatooras (fried Indian bread).

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    Serve Sambar piping hot with Idlis, Vadas or just plain and simple boiled rice.
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    Made with masoor daal (orange lentils) this dish is simple and very tasty. It is in fact almost a staple in most homes.
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    Kaali Daal is also known as Ma Ki Daal (mom's lentils) since it is wholesome and delicious! Serve it with a vegetable side dish and Naans (tandoor baked flatbread) or Butter Chicken and Naans.
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    This is my Mom's recipe so I grew up eating and loving this Masala Daal!
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    There are as many versions of this hugely popular dish in India! One of my personal favorite meals is Tadka Daal served with plain boiled rice.

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    A truly regal dish, Shahi Daal combines five different kinds of Daals (lentils) and is therefore also known as Panchratan (five gems) Daal.
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    Daal Bukhara - Bukhara Style Black Lentils

    Bukhara-style cooking is from the North West Frontier Province of what used to be India before the partition happened at independence. NWFP is now in Pakistan but this rich style of cooking still happily straddles the border and is well loved on either side!
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    I love this Daal for two reasons - it's tasty and filled with good stuff!
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    Unlike other Daal dishes which usually have a soup-like consistency, this one is dry! Serve it with hot Chapatis (Indian flatbread) or Parathas (pan-fried Indian flatbread) and your favorite pickle.

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    This tangy curry full of vegetables and made with tomatoes and gram flour, so it's also nutritious.

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    This wholesome dish makes a great one-pot meal. Add a green salad and you're in business!
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    Dahi Vada can just as easily be a main dish on a hot day as it can be the perfect accompaniment to other meat or vegetable dishes on a special occassion.
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    This wholesome rice dish from South India can be eaten all by itself. Add a tangy pickle for extra flavour.

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    Daal Paratha - Lentil Stuffed Paratha

    You can even make this 'stuffed' Paratha (pan fried Indian flatbread)with leftover Daal. Daal Paratha is a great breakfast or brunch dish.
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    Daal Poori - Lentil Stuffed Poori

    Serve this crispy, golden bread made from any leftover Daal (lentil curry), with a vegetarian dish and your favorite pickle.

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    Serve Moong Daal Halwa warm with a scoop of vanilla icecream and you'll get many requests for seconds.