Tarka Dall aka Mixed Lentil Curry.

Details:   Prep Time =  30 minutes (if using dried lentils also allow the time for preparation. Read the packets most need at least 1hr soaking and 1hr boiling.)  Cooking Time = 2-4 hrs      Serves=6 or 8 as a side dish.

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I hosted a mini dinner party last night (saturday) and served this a a side, (I actually have 4 portions frozen.) Great night with good friends.

We drank and ate and generally had way too much food for 8 let alone 4. Cooking curry can never be quick I say it often but the cooking of the indian food is a patient job, the time spent cooking the onions and spice is crucial if you don’t spend time here you may as well not bother this is what determines the taste of the dish so take your time, incidentally if you do cook 2 in one day don’t have a lie in and don’t start cooking at 12. Just about made the dishes and grabbed a shower before our guests arrived at 3.00.

The great thing about having Hot Pot dinner party is we were able to go to the pub till 7 get home 7.30 put the kids to bed, grill some cheese, Grill a nan bread open the wine and away we go. Why have a dinner party and stay in the kitchen all evening?

The Grilled cheese was for my favorite dinner party starter grilled Halloumi served with a kiwi and habanero chili dipping Sauce with olives and chopped meat (prosciutto salami.)

On another important tip Buy tinned Pulses. I had dried and it really ate into my time. however if you have time to soak and boil I would recommend it.

NEVER EVER put dried lentils/pulses in the hot pot the Cooking temperature is NOT hot enough to kill a particular germ that is rife in dried lentils/pulses.  Hence all the washing and boiling instructions on dried pulses. It is so much easier with a tin and no shame in it either. However I sent Neil to do the shopping he really thought he had done me a favor bless him.


NB when preparing ingredients those in the same colour can be mixed in the same bowl as they are used in the cooking process at the same time. Those in black are to remain separate.

  • 2 tbls of Oil to cook, May need more less uses as little as you can.Taka7
  • 4 Cloves Garlic Smashed and chopped.
  • 1 Onion Chopped finely.
  • 3 Beef Tomatoes. Peeled & chopped. (see hot pot honey hints)
  • 1 inch fresh ginger. Grated.
  • 1 green chilli with seeds finely chopped. (Just a normal heat not a strong one. The Spice calms in the pot so stick it on don’t be scared.)
  • 300ml Boiling water. (don’t add this is if using dried lentils)
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  • 400g 1 tin of Chick peas. (NB if using dried for all the pulses/lentils use half the weight 200g and follow the soaking process on the packet, inc boiling use the longest time but do all lentils/pulses together. also add the turmeric to the boiling process and don’t add the extra water as you won’t need it as you will use the water you cook the lentils in.)
  • 400g 1 tin red split lentils.
  • 400g 1 tin whole Mung Beans.
  • 1 Red Chilli de-seeded and chopped finely.
  • A Handful of chopped Coriander.

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Always lightly oil the Hot Pot before use this helps with cleaning and preservation of the Hot Pot.

  1. Heat the oil in a large heavy sided frying pan medium high heat, Add the Onion fry for around 2-3 minutes then add the Garlic when aromatic add the Tomato, Ginger and chilli fry until a paste pushing the tomato into the onion to make the paste.
  2. Mix the boiling water with the turmeric.
  3. Put the lentils/pulses in the Hot Pot and add the turmeric & Water. (if using dried see above)
  4. Add the Tomato paste Mix in with the lentils in the Hot Pot. Cover and cook for 2 hrs. This will be ready in 2 hrs however you can leave this for 4 hrs on low or turn on to warm until needed.
  5. Plate up and sprinkle fresh red chilli and coriander on it. (my pictures dont show this as I did it when I returned to my guests.) Durr.

I serve this as a side dish to accompany http://www.hotpothoney.co.uk/cumin-chicken-paneer-achari/ I also served with Basmati rice, raita (yogurt lemon and cucumber) and a Nan Bread.

NB: This is posted under Milk/Egg/Gluten free.




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