The Best Tarka Dal Recipe

The Best Tarka Dal Recipe

Looking for a low-calorie recipe to fit on your mid-week dishes? Well, this perfect tarka dal recipe can be a great choice. Enjoy this whole, healthy dish with your favourite vegetables and mixed with our curry kit for better aroma and flavours. It's simple, yet very delicious!

Prep Time

60 Minutes





Why Not Buy?


Who would have thought that simple ingredients will let you create a festive and delicious meal? Enjoy a whole new healthy dish with the best tarka dal recipe. Every Indian restaurant will surely have Tarka Dal in their menu that are packed of full flavours and a perfect warming meal on a chilly day.

This is a specialty of North Indian cuisine that is literally translated to lentil tempering (Dal= lentil, tadka = tempering). It’s creamy, rich in flavours and comes with all the great spices, especially with our added curry kit.  Mix it with the other ingredients of salt, turmeric, tomatoes, and ginger, then it will surely let you enjoy the bursting of amazing flavours.  

Tarka Dal

Shopping List

250g of chana dal

3 tbsp of vegetable oil

1 tbsp cumin seeds

1 chopped small onion

4 green chillies

2 cm of ginger

3 garlic cloves

3 tomatoes

2 x Ras El Handout Spices

Spicentice Indian Curry Kit Gift Set (Choose best flavours to suit your needs)

Fresh Coriander leaves

Salt and ground black pepper


  1. Add the chana dal and 900 ml of water into a pan. Stir it well and wait to boil. Skim the froth that forms on the surface of the water.
  1. Cover the pan and reduce the heat, then wait for it to simmer. Stir regularly for about 30 minutes until the chana dal are all tender. Make sure to add more water if necessary.
  1. When the chana dal is cooked, then you can remove the pan from the heat and break it down with a whisk. Set the mixture aside to cool and thicken.
  1. Mix the Spicentice curry kit and add the cumin seeds.
  1. Blend the garlic and tomatoes and add it to the pan. Make sure to stir well and mix it.
  1. Add the other spices and season to taste. Simmer it over the medium heat for 20 minutes and wait for the oil to rise from the sauce.
  1. Add the cooked chana dal and bring it to the mixture and boil.
  1. Don’t forget to add the fresh coriander before serving.

Why Choose Spicentice?

When it comes to the best seasonings and kits, Spicentice has a wide range of collection that you need. Whether you are planning for the next family getaway or is looking for low-calorie recipes to fit your meal plan, then we’ve got you covered! Our kits and seasonings are made with 100% pure herbs and spices and are safe for everyone. This is the right choice not only for weight watchers but also for vegans and vegetarians.

Make Your Own Curry Gift Set

Why not buy?

Make Your Own Curry Gift Set

Why not see our other recipes?