Inspired by The Observer Food Monthly we cooked up an Indian spectacular at the weekend. This is the third and final side-dish of a meal still waiting to be written up.

Tadka Daal

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Skill level: Easy
Serves: 2


  • yellow lentils – 150g
  • salt – 1/2 tsp
  • turmeric – 1/2 tsp
  • vegetable oil – 1/2 tbsp
  • garlic – 1 clove – finely chopped
  • red chilli powder – 1/2 tsp
  • 1 tomato – chopped

Wash the lentils and put into a thick bottomed pan along with the salt, turmeric and 1/2 litre of water.

Simmer for 15-20 minutes until the lentils are soft and cooked.

Tadka Daal

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the garlic until it is light brown. Add the chilli and cook for another minute. Add the tomato and cook for a further 3-4 minutes.

Add this mixture to the lentils and simmer for 10-15 minutes.

Serve hot.

Verdict: How could you not love daal. In fact it’s ‘Daalicious’. Ha.

Drink: A pair of Bitburgers down The Florist.

Entertainment: ‘Acorn Antiques’ on DVD. Brilliant, especially the pompous ‘making of’ episode at the end.

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