Aarti Paarti #3 Recipe: My mum’s Basic Dal (lentils)

Posted by Aarti on February 24th, 2009 . Filed under: dal, lentils .

As promised, here is the written recipe to accompany the latest episode of Aarti Paarti!


This is probably the first Indian thing I ever made. It’s your basic dal recipe, and I bet every mother makes it a little differently. When made well, it is so satisfying that you really don’t need to eat anything else, even though it’s nothing more than lentils, water and tomatoes. Oh, and the holy trinity of Indian cooking: turmeric, chili powder/paprika and asfoetida (aka hing). I only have one bowl of it left after we demolished it for dinner last night, and you best believe that I will fight Bren, dodge all his Krav Maga offenses, in order to eat it myself!

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21 Responses to Aarti Paarti #3 Recipe: My mum’s Basic Dal (lentils)

  1. Maria McLaughlin

    I LOVE Dal so I will have to try this recipe!!

  2. aartilla the fun

    maria! watch the video, it’ll help when it comes to the last part. let me know how it turns out! whee!

  3. Lotuschick

    I have made this twice in two weeks, so very delicious and comforting. Thank you!

  4. Lina

    Made your dal yesterday. It’s soooo delicious !!!!
    Seeing your videos is so much fun and it’s definitely a highlight in the week an I’m always wondering what are you going to do the next time ;)

  5. Aarti

    oh! i’m so glad! that dal recipe is just the best. :) and thank you so much for watching! you are such an encouragement! i’m about the edit the next episode and i’m totally dragging, but your comment has re-inspired me. thank you!

  6. Jenny

    Aarti/anyone who has made this recipe before:
    Do you leave the whole garlic in the dal (with skins on)? Would anyone eat this or do you pick it out before you serve?

    Can’t wait to try this–dal is my most favorite food ever. Aarti, you rock! I love your show.

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  8. Veggie Belly

    This looked so yummy when I saw it on the show! This reminds me of my grandmothers dal. Thanks for the recipe!

  9. Annie Subarna

    Hi Aarti,
    It was pleasure to watch you on FOOD NETWORK last week.
    We are waiting for this sunday’s episode.
    You have a wonderful personality. We hope you win.
    God bless

  10. Annie Subarna

    Hi Aarti,
    It wasa pleasure to watch you on FOOD NETWORK last week.
    We are waiting for this sunday’s episode.
    You have a wonderful personality. We hope you win.
    God bless

  11. Tara

    Seeing your dal recipe made me so hungry and my mum too is famous for her dal… so i made it immediately and it was so soo good….. reminds me of the good ol days when we had dal every other day.thanks! love your personality and vivaciousness- keep ‘em coming……

  12. DEE

    So happy to get this recipe!
    I think indeed you are the next foodnetwork star!
    Best to you,

  13. Suzan

    You are wonderful to watch. Your warm personality does come through and I would love learning how to cook home style Indian food! I am so excited you posted your recipes! I am starting this dish as soon as I get all my Indian spices! Can’t wait! I hope you win and I hope you have come to see what an amazing person you are! Be proud of the gifts God has given you!!! Good luck!

  14. Nette

    Oooooh I can’t wait to try this! What’s the difference between a dal soup and mulligatawny soup? I love mulligatawny at my favoriteIndian place, but once time I tried to make it, and the lentils were so hard, they were inedible. I haven’t tried to cook with lentils since! Any advice?

  15. Rebeccah

    Hi Aarti,
    I’ve had lentils in my pantry for a few months now just waiting to get a good recipe for them. As soon as I saw your soup on the show I knew I had to try it. So here I go today, I hope my hubby will be happy when he comes home tonight. We love indian & middle eastern food and hope you win so we can learn to cook more of it!

  16. Rachael

    I just made this yesterday (I doubled the recipe) and am already about halfway through my massive pot of dal. I just can’t stop eating it! Last night I gave myself a huge bowl and thought, “Oh, I’ll never finish that.” And then I ate it in about 5 minutes flat.

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

  17. Mystikjosie

    Hi Aarti,

    First of all, I want to let you know, I’m a big fan of yours. I watch the NFNS on the Canada channel ( a few episodes behind USA) and I’m just loving you more everytime. You are just do adorable and your cooking is amazing. I love your little indian twist.

    I just made your dal soup and is just excellent. All the spices that melt in my mouth were just perfect. Continue to inspire me, us!! Can’t wait to see you and your future show, I hope is gonna be showned in Canada (make sure it is please!!!!!!)

    Can’t wait to try out your other recipes (maybe next, the samosas!!)

    See u!!

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  20. J Blow

    Love the recipe, as did my guests a few days ago – thank you!

    Where, though, do the serrano chiles come in?

  21. Sheri

    What type of paprika do you recommend using in this recipe? Spanish smoked or hot? Thanks!

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