Dal curry is a typical Indian dish made with spice, herbs, and lentils. Dal refers to lentils, and they are a norm in most Indian homes. There are several ways you can try to prepare a dal recipe, and it’s also a popular dish either in restaurants or homes. Aside from the fact that this dish is very nutritious, it is also comfortable and easy to prepare.
If you are trying it out for the first time, you might be wondering how some available pantries can help prepare a healthy, delicious dish. Dal curry can be prepared in a normal pot, pressure cooker, or even an instant pot, and below is an easy guide to make north Indian dal curry.
What Is Dal Curry Made Of?
Dal curry is made with onions, tomatoes, herbs, etc. Although you can prepare this dish with your desired lentils, toor dal is mostly used by many. Each family has a choice of lentils, herbs, and spices used in preparing their dal curry. Therefore, you may find out that different recipes were prepared with different kinds of lentils, herbs, and spices. But what never changes is the mode of preparation of dal curry.
How To Make North Indian Dal Curry
A lot of people make Dal curry in their own way. Although many like to follow strict recipes like the Chefs Plate recipe boxes, others just used recipes that have been passed down from their relatives. Whatever route you choose, dal curry always turns out delicious.
- Heat your oven to 450°F, then start as soon as the oven is heated. Thoroughly go through the recipe card and prepare a baking sheet. Get your sweet potatoes, wash them and dry them. After that, cut the washed potatoes into pieces. On your baking sheet, add the sweet potatoes that you have cut and a tablespoon of oil. Season it up with pepper and salt, and roast with the middle rack of your oven for about 15-20 minutes.
- As the sweet potatoes are roasting in the oven, add a cup of water into a medium-sized pot and season it with salt. Cover the pot and as soon as it starts boiling, add your rice and reduce the heat. After that, cover the pot and cook for about 10-15 minutes till the rice has softened and absorbed the water.
- As your rice is cooking, rinse the lentils. Cut onions into pieces, along with garlic. Add the chopped onions along with green chilies into the pot and saute till the onions become golden. After that, add chopped tomatoes and season with chili powder, then cook till the tomatoes soften.
- For a better aroma, your tomatoes are there already along with the lentils, so add about 4 cups of water and boil. As it starts to boil, reduce the heat and stir regularly for about 7 minutes till lentils soften. Add cream and the roasted sweet potato and stir for about 2 minutes till the curry thickens.
- As the curry is cooking, add garlic and a tablespoon of butter, then stir together. Season it with pepper and salt, and you can as well spread garlic butter over it. On another baking sheet, add naan, and remember to toast on the middle rack of the oven for about 7 minutes. Tear garlic naan, dish out dal curry, enjoy!
Soaking lentils reduces the cooking period, and old lentils take much longer to cook and require more water. So you should be sure to use fresh lentils. Also, avoid using too many spices so you don’t change the authentic flavor of your prepared dal curry.
A properly prepared dal curry has a special flavor and aroma of herbs and spices. If you prefer taking dal curry hot, you should consider using hot green chilies and avoid adding too much red chili powder.