Once hot, add chopped ginger. Thanks! But I truly love a delicious dal tadka and this looks so appetizing!! Wash lentils in running water until water runs clear. Yes, I make Massor like this too…here is the recipe Thanks. Really is one of the simplest meals especially in a slow cooker. (Watch out for splattering spices during this process and cover the pan if needed. Yellow lentils take longer than red lentils from what I’ve found. Add the onion, tomatoes, garlic, turmeric powder and salt to the lentils. I loved the spices in it. My in-laws are from India so when we’ve been visiting them I pick up tips and tricks on making our favorite dishes and my mother-in-law walks me through how to make some of them. Filed Under: Daal, Lentils & Other Grains, Entrees, Gluten-free, Healthy & Flavorful, Perfect for a Weekday, Recipes, Soup, Vegan, Vegetarian Tagged With: daal, Daal tadka, dal, Dal tadka, Indian cooking, Indian cuisine, Indian Daal, Indian Food, Indian lentils, Lentils, moong lentils, tempering, toor lentils, I’m a proud Parsi native of cosmopolitan Mumbai in western India, now living in America. This Dal is staple in our house hold. It’s seriously one of the easiest dishes I’ve made and you’ll definitely have leftovers unless you’re feeding a small army. Back when we used to visit the Indian buffet several times a week, one of my favorite dishes was the yellow lentil “soup” which I now know is called dal tadka. Chana Masala is a delicious chickpea dish, this recipe is served alongside sauteed greens and rice for a veggie packed bowl. Saute few seconds till ginger starts turning light golden in color. Your email address will not be published. So thanks for the memory jog and a great recipe. We’re having a pretty hot summer here in Texas too…slow cookers are a great help. And you are right, it is cooked differently everywhere we went. Yum! I look forward to trying your recipe. Required fields are marked *. Indian-inspired Food for the Global Palate, May 2, 2014 by Peri's Spice Ladle 41 Comments. Peri’s Spice Ladle is born out of a passion for exploring food, especially the flavors of my native Indian and Parsi cuisines. Your stellar recipe couldn’t have come at a better time- I have a big bag of lentils on hand and have been craving some comforting dahl like nothing else. u have many varieties of slow cooked daal..i shud check it out. dal, dal tadka, slow cooker dal, vegan dal. I can’t believe I am drooling over dal!! Enjoy steaming hot Daal Tadka with a dash of lemon and crusted bread for dipping; or ladle the lentils over fragrant Basmati rice. Thanks! I made your daal tadka this weekend, Peri. It’s a north Indian curried cauliflower and potato dish. Slow-cooked Daal Tadka: India’s Favorite Tempered Lentil Preparation. Check if the lentils are almost done; you will feel a slight bite to them. I prep and set the dish in the slow cooker before going to work and when I am back home the food is also ready. If you use the “stove-top” method, would you add spices in the beginning? A touch of tangy really brings out lentil flavors:) Thanks and much love, Peri. Serve this alongside naan or rotis for a real treat. And each one is a different variety of amazing lentils and beans:), Love Daal, thanks to you Peri, such a comforting, delicious dish, now need to try this wonderful version – love a bit of lemon in it Love, Ozlem xx. Nothing beats this ultimate comfort food:) Thanks Gauri…. Mine too:) this one has a special place! From vegan to vegetarian, gluten-free to dairy-free and meaty kebabs to meatless Mondays; if you’re looking for newer and healthier food choices to match your lifestyle: the answer lies in Indian food. For Daals, the tempering of spices and aromatics is best added at the end of the cooking process to steaming hot lentils. Wash the lentils and add 4 cups of water to them in a slow cooker insert. Oh yes, Ozlem, your lemon idea is on the spot! So true, there is a rarely an Indian meal that can do without lentils. It's vegan and packed with antioxidants. Heat oil in a pan. Cook for an additional hour, checking the texture of lentils prior to serving. Your tryouts of my recipes is music to my ears:) Super thrilled everything turned out well. Cook with the lid fully covered. Turned out delicious! I’m super excited to share this easy recipe for slow cooker dal tadka with you today. Cover and let it cook on high for 2-3 hours. Add chopped onion, cook for 2-3 mins till raw smell goes away. Turn off the heat. Then boil with 3 cups of fresh batch of water … Add red chili … Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Peri’s Spice Ladle with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. Add it to the slow cooker along with water and few spices and cook on HIGH setting until the lentils are broken down and the dal is well blended. I find myself using the slow cooker more often now than the pressure cooker. I was wondering why the spices are added near the end rather than early. Have you made Masoor lentils the same way? Spicy and gluten free – sounds wonderful, Peri. The profusion of flavor is amazing with this simple step, which is the same for all method of cooking. Thanks Kimberly, sometimes daal reminds us of the simpler things in life, which still bring a smile to the face:). It even works in an Instant Pot on the slow cook setting. i made this today, I wanted to make something in my slow cooker because we are having a very hot summer and didn’t want to heat up the kitchen with cooking. An Indian meal is considered incomplete unless it is accompanied by Daal, a word that applies to cooked and raw lentils. The slow cooker or crockpot process is the most simple one. What a pleasure to receive your feedback, thanks for trying out the daal! I’ve modified slightly for us since we don’t have the same cookware as them and we also tend to use more oil in our cooking (with the stainless steel pans we have, it’s a must). Is that just if you are using a slow cooker? She showed me how to make dal, chana masala, bhindi, and rotis the last time we were there. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material is strictly prohibited. I had forgotten that Daal is such a health and easy-to-prepare meal. Daal is one of those preparations where the ‘tadka’ or tempering can be made with completely different set of spices and aromatics each time:) I like the slow cook method for Daals, where the flavors develop well. It seems that a return trip to India is in order so that we can procure those spices. Lentil Quinoa Sloppy Joes Vegan Friendly - Cass Clay Cooking, Crock Pot Dinners: 20 Delicious Meals - Simple Life of a Lady, 27 Frugal Fall Dinner Recipes (That You Will Love This Season) - The Remote Mom, 20 easy vegetarian slow cooker meals for your family - Moms Can Create, Easy Vegan Pumpkin Spice Latte with Black Tea, 4-Ingredient Vegan Chocolate Strawberry Ice Cream. At any stage, check the Daal’s consistency and add more hot water if required. Our trip through India last month wasn’t complete without Daal with every dinner. Mix and cook for 5 minutes. Thanks! Daal preparations differ from one part of India to another; each one equally delicious like my whole-grain Masoor Daal and Palak Chana (spinach and lentils) Daal, or the Lehsuni (garlic) Dal by Tummytales. It sounds like a foolproof path to deliciousness! Everything should sizzle in the pan. Thanks…. Add 4 cups of water – if you want a runnier soup, add 4.5 cups, After 3 hours, heat olive oil to medium-high heat on stovetop and add all tempering ingredients, Allow cumin seeds to sizzle and then remove from heat, Add all tempering ingredients to slow cooker, Top with fenugreek leaves, fresh chopped cilantro, and serve with rice or your favorite bread (naan, roti, or paratha).