Why Dahl is awesome



About this Recipe

By: Mayuri

Source: Kitchen1112.com 

We pronounce it dhaaaar, most of the world calls it dahl or dorhl. Ask my mom and she will say daar is the healthiest most nutritious item to have in your kitchen. Lentils are extremely high in protein value, which makes it an integral part of the vegetarians diet. Growing up, daar and rice was a staple bi-weekly addition to almost any meal made in the house. That, and it was my dads favourite. Duh!

Late last year my dad had just arrived home from being in hospital for over two months, eating was a struggle. I remember sitting with him for 2 hours at a time just to finish a small bowl of rice. In addition to weighing as much as I did in high school he was extremely weak, so feeding him good nutritious meals was a major concern for me and my mom. The glorious part about cooking daar is that you can add almost any vegetable to it to pick up the nutritional value of the meal. On a normal Saturday in our home daar is cooked with a carrot or two. But with my dad last year we added carrots, butternut, sweet potato and brinjals. All you do is boil it together with the daar and zap it altogether as if making soup. Boom you have an amazing pot of highly nutritious food. It is a great meal addition to keep in the freezer.

Are you pregnant? Did you know that Daar is high in vitamin B and folic acid?











  • 1 cup oil daar/dhal
  • 1 chopped tomato
  • 1 chopped sweet potato
  • 1 chopped medium butternut
  • one dried chilli
  • 1/4 tsp asafoetida (hing)
  • 1/4 tsp whole cumin (jeeru)
  • 1/4 tsp fenugreek (methi)
  • 1/4 tsp mustard seeds (rai)
  • 1/4 tsp desicated coconut
  • 1/4 tsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp crushed ginger
  • 1 tsp green chillies or to your taste
  • sea or himalayan salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp tumeric
  • 1 tsp ghee


Step 1

Soak oil daar over night or for 30 mins in boiling water.

Step 2

Place soaked daar, butternut, tomatoes and sweet potato into pressure cooker and cook for 15 mins. Or place all items into pot and boil until soft.

Step 3

Once boiled and soft blend the contents of the pot.

Step 4

In a separate pot on medium heat add ghee, dried chilli, cumin, fenugreek, mustard seeds, asafoetida, dessicated coconut and seseme seeds and braise for a few seconds.

Step 5

Add in blended daar and veg carefully as there will be splatter.

Step 6

Allow to boil for about 10 mins and serve hot over a bowl of rice.