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How to Make Daal

This Indian dish is so full of flavor and easy to make that it's sure to become a family favorite.


  • Step 1: Rinse lentils Rinse the lentils thoroughly, and then drain. Place them in the large saucepan with the turmeric, salt, cayenne pepper, and ginger.
  • Step 2: Add water Add 1 inch of water and bring the mixture to a boil over high heat. Then reduce the heat and simmer until the lentils are tender, about 30 minutes.
  • TIP: Skim off any foam that rises to the surface.
  • Step 3: Microwave oil, cumin, and onion Combine the oil, cumin, and onion in a small microwave-safe dish and microwave for 1 minute.
  • Step 4: Combine ingredients Carefully pour the mixture over the lentils, and then mix to combine.
  • Step 5: Serve with naan Tear off a piece of naan, scoop up some daal, and enjoy.
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You Will Need

  • 1 c. red lentils
  • Large saucepan
  • 1/4 tsp. ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 1" slice peeled ginger
  • 4 tsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 4 tsp. dried onion
  • Small microwave-safe dish
  • Naan

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