Tarka Dal

Hi everyone! I know it’s been a long time since I’ve posted a new recipe. My computer is STILL in the shop and I’m using their loaner. But I’m done letting that stop me – that and being insanely busy with our shop (Woodstock Reveries). So here’s a new recipe for a dish I’ve been making a lot lately.

You may know that there is only one vegan restaurant in Woodstock but others have vegan options. The Indian restaurant has some pretty good vegan dishes and we used to love to get them with the naan BUT they changed their recipe and now the naan isn’t vegan!! We asked why and got some mumbo-jumbo answer about it being easier or something to use butter. געזונט, they lost our business.

So I learned to make Tom’s favorite dish from there myself – Tarka Dal. It’s made with yellow split peas and it’s so easy, it’s ridiculous. It’s also really healthy since there is no added coconut milk or anything to fatten it up. It’s smooth, creamy and so filling. I serve it over rice, sometimes with a side of turmeric potatoes and kale, and it definitely goes perfectly with vegan naan!

This is also an inexpensive dish to make and it comes together pretty quickly so it’s great for any weeknight dinner. Here’s to a world with MORE vegan options, not less. האַנאָע האָבן!

Tarka Dal

גף, סף

2 cups yellow split peas

גרינס ייל

1 קליין ציבעלע, מינסט

1-4 אַז. קענען גרין טשיליז

1-אינטש פריש ינגבער, גרייטיד

4 קנאָבל קלאָוועס, מינסט

1 cup tomato puree

2 tsp. ערד קומין

1 tsp. גאַראַם מאַסאַלאַ

1 tsp. ערד קאָריאַנדער

½ צפּ. טורמעריק

2 – 3 cups vegetable broth

קאָשער זאַלץ און שוואַרץ פעפער צו טעם


Rinse and soak the yellow split peas. Put them in a medium saucepan, cover with water and bring to a boil. Skim any froth from the top and then reduce to simmer, וועגן 35-40 מינוט, until they are tender and broken. שטעלן באַזונדער.

While the lentils are cooking, heat a large pot over medium-high heat. Add a tablespoon of oil and sauté the onions until softened and translucent, וועגן 4 מינוט. לייג די טשיליז, ginger and garlic and sauté until aromatic. Add the tomato puree, קומין, גאַראַם מאַסאַלאַ, coriander and turmeric. Mix everything well. Add the broth and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer and let cook about 15 מינוט.

Mix the yellow split peas into the sauce and add more liquid (water or broth) if necessary. Bring the dal to a boil and then reduce to simmer. Let cook and thicken a bit. צייַט מיט זאַלץ און פעפער צו פאַרזוכן. דינען איבער רייַז.

די “V” וואָרט: זאָגן אים. עסן עס. לעבן אים.

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3 רעספּאָנסעס צו Tarka Dal

  1. Joan Knight אַפּריל 26, 2017 בייַ 3:19 בין #

    Does it freeze well?

    • Tom Riker אַפּריל 26, 2017 בייַ 12:48 PM #

      יאָ, it does. I did it by accident when the fridge was set too low, and the leftovers were still delicious when I warmed them up!

  2. Randy Stanard אַפּריל 25, 2017 בייַ 8:44 PM #

    This looks delicious and easy to make. Thank you for posting. It’s on my priority To-Do list.

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