Time to try out another of the delicious recipe from the Curry Focus website.
I made a dal a few weeks ago and it was a great success. Curry Focus has a recipe for Tarka Dal so I chose this to see if I could repeat the previous success.
For the first time since starting to review the Curry Focus recipes, I had everything in the kitchen to make the dal. But I love scooping up dal with an Indian bread so I made a quick trip to my favourite Indian supply store and bought a couple of their large stuffed paratha – the paratha are stuffed with potatoes, chilli and spices – simply heaven.
I wanted to freeze some dal for a later day so increased the amount of lentils used in the recipe. My freezer usually has a couple of home made curries waiting for me. I always deliberately make too much and freeze the extra.
I soaked the lentils during the afternoon whilst I was pottering around in the garden.
Evening arrived and I started to cook the lentils.
I saw the next step was to well cook the onions so I started to do this whilst the lentils were cooking. I figured it would take a while to get the onions nice and brown and I was right.
The onions were cooked at almost exactly the same time as the lentils were finished cooking.
So I cooked the spices and mixed everything together – it was easy as that.
I grabbed the last of my coriander plant’s leaves and chopped them up whilst the paratha were cooking in the microwave.
Then I served up the dal and garnished it with the held back onions and a sprinkling of coriander.
I was only cooking for two tonight and we both really like the dal. It was another successful meal.
The tarka dal received a good 7.5 out of 10, not as good as my first attempt at dal but very tasty nevertheless.
The extra dal was put into plastic takeaway containers when it was cold and it now sits in the freezer. I don’t think that it will be in there for too long.