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Tarka Dall

A hearty vegetarian dish that will appeal to anyone, even the meat-eaters amongst you.
Course Main
Cuisine Indian
Keyword indian, side dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 400kcal
Author Erren Hart of Erren's Kitchen


  • ½ pound /250g yellow dried split peas rinsed until the water runs clear
  • 4 cups /1 liter Chicken stock
  • ½ cup /120ml of water
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons rounded butter
  • 1 tablespoon Ground Cumin
  • 1 large onion Chopped
  • inch ¾ piece fresh ginger peeled & minced
  • 3 cloves Garlic Chopped
  • 3 tomatoes pureed
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon Garam Masala
  • teaspoons ground coriander
  • salt & pepper
  • A good handful of chopped fresh cilantro/coriander chopped


  • Place the peas and stock into a pan, stir well and bring to the boil. Cover the pan with a lid and reduce the heat to a simmer. Simmer, stirring regularly, for 40-50 minutes, or until the peas are just tender, adding some water as necessary. When the peas have cooked, remove them from the heat and whisk to break them down to your desired consistency. Set aside to cool.
  • Heat the oil & butter in a pan over a medium heat add the onion and ginger. Fry for 4-5 minutes, or until golden brown then add the garlic and cook for another minute. Puree the tomatoes in a food processor, add them to the pan and mix them in. Add the remaining spices and the water to the pan and stir well. Simmer over a medium heat for 15-20 minutes, or until the oil from the sauce has risen to the surface of the sauce. When finished, puree the sauce in a food processor and add it to the cooked peas & stock mixture and stir well (adding more water if necessary to loosen the mixture). Bring the mixture to the boil and season to taste, with salt and black pepper and chopped cilantro/coriander just before serving. Serve on rice or alone as a soup.


Calories: 400kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 412mg | Potassium: 1115mg | Fiber: 16g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 1045IU | Vitamin C: 17.1mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 4.5mg