Lentil Dhal with Coconut Milk and Tadka

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Appears in
The Lentil Cookbook

By Ghillie Basan

Published 2016

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Boost your pulse rate with this delectable Indian dish of creamy red lentils with a spicy tadka topping. Tadka is a mixture of spices and flavourings which is fried in hot ghee or vegetable oil and then quickly poured over the dhal.


  • 50 g/2 oz/¼ cup butter
  • 10 ml


  1. Melt the butter in a large, heavy pan. Add the mustard seeds. When they start to pop, add the onion and garlic and cook for 5’10 minutes until soft. Stir in the turmeric, cumin and chillies and cook for 2 minutes.
  2. Stir in the lentils, 1 litre/