Urad Dal
Urad Dal (Lentil Curry)
5 from 1 vote
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings: 6
An authentic urad dal recipe made with split black gram lentils, onions, tomatoes, and a load of spices. Dal is every Indian’s comfort food. Hearty, warming, and delicious.

Nutrition: per serving



  • 50 ml Oil
  • 300 g Lentils Split Black Gram (Urad Dal)
  • 2 Onions
  • 1 tsp Garlic Paste
  • 1- inch Ginger
  • 2 Tomatoes
  • 1 tsp Chilli Powder
  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 300 ml Water
  • 2 Green Chillies
  • Coriander


  • Wash and soak the black gram lentils for 30 minutes
  • As the lentils are soaking add the olive oil in the pan and heat on medium heat until hot
  • Add the finely diced onions and cook for 4-5 minutes until lightly browned
  • Add the garlic paste and sauté for 1-2 minutes
  • Add the chopped tomatoes and cook for 4-5 minutes
  • Add the chili powder, turmeric powder, and salt then cook the spices for 3-4 minutes – add a few tablespoons of water to ensure that the spices do not burn and to allow the spices to release their colour
  • Add the washed black gram lentils then cook for 4-5 minutes
  • Add the water and cover with a lid then allow to cook for 10-15 minutes – you may need to add more water if required
  • Add the cumin powder and chopped coriander
  • Serve immediately with homemade chapatis and enjoy!

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