Chicken Dal Curry

Chicken Dal Curry

This is an northern Indian home cooked dish that is eaten frequently. In India, curries are seasoned lightly with spices, as they eat it every day.

Ingredients: 2 servings

150 g
2 cloves
1 (large)
Curry leaf (optional)
6 leaves
Chicken tenderloin (optional)
200 g
1 medium
Cumin seeds
1 teaspoon
☆ Turmeric
1 teaspoon
☆Cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon
2 teaspoons
Garam masala
1 tablespoon
1 tablespoon
Salt and pepper
As needed
Vegetable oil
1 tablespoon
As needed


1. Wash the lentils and soak in water for 30 minutes. The level of water should be about 3 cm higher than the beans. Add the ☆ ingredients and microwave for 15 minutes.
2. Finely chop the garlic, ginger and onion and cut the tomato into large chunks, and the chicken into bite sizes.
3. Add cumin seeds to a heated frying pan. When it starts to crackle, add garlic, ginger, curry leaf and stir-fry.
4. Add the onion and coriander when the pot becomes fragrant and fry until the onions become translucent.
5. Add the chicken and fry until the chicken changes colour.
6. Add the tomato and fry. Depending on your preference, stop frying before the tomatoes start to melt. I recommend you stop before it melts, as the flavor of the tomatoes are retained this way.
7. Add the lentils to the pan with the soaking water. Add more water so that the lentils are covered in 3 cm of water.
8. Mix and cook over medium heat for 15 minutes, and 10 minutes over a low heat. Add the garam masala in the last 5 minutes of cooking.
9. It's ready to serve. They call this Dal in Hindi. Add butter, salt, pepper or lemon if you like.

Story Behind this Recipe

My mother prepares this curry for me whenever I'm home. If you prefer the authentic version, omit the chicken. It's seasoned with a few spices.