Easy Vegan Dal Tadka
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
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Serves: 4-6
An easy and fuss-free yellow dal recipe that comes together with minimal efforts while bursting with flavour.
  • 1 cup of Toor dal + 1 cup of chana dal, soaked overnight
  • 2 medium tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 medium red onion, finely chopped
  • 4 large cloves of garlic, minced or finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp of fresh ginger, finely grated or chopped
  • ¼ cup of fresh coriander leaves, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp of coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • ½ tbsp turmeric powder
  • Red chilli powder to taste
  • ½ tbsp dried coriander
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • ¼ tsp garam masala spice
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • Dried red chilli flakes to taste
  • A couple of tablespoons of coconut cream, skimmed off of the top of a refrigerated coconut milk can (optional)
  1. Rinse the lentils and add to a pressure cooker with enough water to cover, salt and the turmeric. Cook for 10 minutes or until both lentils are well cooked, set aside.
  2. In a pan on medium heat, melt 1 tbsp of coconut oil before adding the ginger and garlic. Cook for one minute while stirring and then add in the chopped onion and sauté for another 2-3 minutes.
  3. Next add in the chopped tomatoes, tomato paste, chilli powder, dried coriander, garam masala, salt and pepper. Mix to combine and cook for 2 minutes or so until tomatoes are reduced and spices are fragrant - feel free to add a splash of water to keep things from drying up.
  4. Add the tomato mixture to the cooked dal and stir through, then allow the dal to boil and simmer before turning off he heat and adding in the fresh coriander.
  5. In the same pan that you cooked the tomato mixture in, add the second tbsp of coconut oil, cumin seeds and red pepper flakes if using. Fry until fragrant and then add on top of the dal mixture and stir through. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
  6. Add in the coconut cream at the end and stir through until well incorporated, if desired.
Recipe by One Arab Vegan at https://www.onearabvegan.com/2017/08/easy-vegan-dal-tadka/