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Black Dal



Black Dal is a type of lentil dish made by boiling black lentils in water until they are soft and then adding spices such as cumin, coriander, turmeric, and garam masala. The dish is usually served with rice or roti and is a staple of Indian cuisine. It is high in protein and fiber and is a great source of vitamins and minerals.

Macronutrients Breakdown

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black lentils (urad dal)

1 cup

cumin seeds

1 teaspoon

coriander powder

1 teaspoon

turmeric powder

1 teaspoon

red chili powder

1 teaspoon

garam masala

1 teaspoon

amchur powder

1 teaspoon


1 teaspoon


1 tablespoon


1 teaspoon

garlic paste

onion, finely chopped


tomatoes, finely chopped


green chilies, finely chopped


cumin seeds

1 teaspoon

mustard seeds

1 teaspoon


1 teaspoon

chopped cilantro

2 tablespoons



Step 1:

Soak the black lentils in water for at least 2 hours.

Step 2:

Drain the water and set aside.

Step 3:

Heat oil in a pan over medium heat.

Step 4:

Add cumin seeds, coriander powder, turmeric powder, red chili powder, garam masala, amchur powder, and salt. Stir and cook for a few seconds.

Step 5:

Add the ginger-garlic paste and stir.

Step 6:

Add the chopped onion and cook until it is lightly browned.

Step 7:

Add the chopped tomatoes and green chilies and cook for a few minutes.

Step 8:

Add the soaked black lentils and stir.

Step 9:

Add 2 cups of water and bring to a boil.

Step 10:

Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the lentils are cooked.

Step 11:

In a separate pan, heat oil over medium heat.

Step 12:

Add cumin seeds, mustard seeds, and asafoetida.

Step 13:

When the seeds start to splutter, add the tempering to the cooked black dal.

Step 14:

Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve hot.

Did you know?

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How many users have tracked it?

We've got some serious foodies in our community! 37868 users have chowed down on Black Dal a whopping 52607 times.

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Where was it consumed the most?

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When was it eaten the most?

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Who preferred this food the most?

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