Tadka Dal



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Prep Time

20 min

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Cook Time

35 min

The Tadka Dal is a popular Indian lentil recipe, a comfort food made with our delicious Mild Curry Spice Paste.

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Recipe calls for


  • 1 ¼ cup yellow lentils, rinsed
  • 4 cups water
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tomato, cubed
  • 1-2 tbsp Patak’s® Mild Curry Spice Paste, divided
  • 2 tbsp oil or ghee
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • Pinch of sugar
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • Salt, to taste
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped (garnish)


  1. Add the lentils to a pan with the water. 
  2. Add the turmeric and ½ tbsp of Patak’s® Mild Curry Spice Paste. 
  3. Cook for 25 to 30 min, topping up with water as needed. 
  4. In another pan heat the oil (or ghee) and add the garlic and remaining Patak’s® Mild Curry Spice Paste. 
  5. After 1 min, add the tomatoes and sauté for a further 2 min before pouring the contents into the cooked dal. 
  6. Add salt and sugar to taste. 
  7. Squeeze in the lemon juice and stir in the fresh cilantro. 
  8. Serve piping hot.
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