Bhutanese Dal

Red Lentils
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Prep time: 15 minutesCooking time: 30 minutesTotal time: 45 minutes


Dal is served daily in Bhutanese households. The simple lentil dish is served over rice and is both delicious and inexpensive. This version was taught at one of our Mosaics of Flavors cooking classes by Bhagawati Gurung and her sister Devi.


1/2 cup
lentils (red)
1 tablespoon
vegetable oil
1/4 cup
1 clove
1/4 teaspoon
turmeric powder
1 teaspoon


Soak lentils in 1 cup warm water for 10 minutes. Then pour off water, rinse, and drain. Heat oil in a medium-sized pot. Once oil is hot, add onion, garlic, turmeric, lentils, and salt, and stir for 2 minutes. Add 3 cups water to the pot, cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook for 30-45 minutes, or until lentils are soft.