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Tandoor Chef makes it easy to be your own at-home Indian chef with our authentic Indian recipes. You love our restaurant quality Indian cuisine and it's why each month we select a special classic Indian recipe to compliment our healthy frozen meals. From the Tandoor Chef kitchen to yours ... Enjoy!

This month's featured Authentic Indain Food Recipe of the month

With lentils and tomatoes, this authentic Indian-style soup is the perfect way to ease into fall. A little mustard seed, chili powder and turmeric go a long way, making each spicy bowl of Hari Dal the perfect cool weather treat.

Hari Dal

Servings: 4 servings
Preptime: 20 minutes


  • 2/3 cup tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup split lentil (dal)
  • 15 curry leaves
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 Tbsp. oil
  • 1 Tbsp. mustard seed
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/2 Tbsp. cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • Add salt to taste

Clean and wash the dal in 3-4 changes of water. Soak for 30 mins. in clean water. Chop the tomatoes. Crush the green chili and garlic with curry leaves. Cooking: Boil the dal adding salt, turmeric and tomatoes in 3 cups of water. Heat oil in a small wok. Add mustard seeds and let it splutter. Add cumin seeds and as it starts changing color add asafoetida. Add the crushed green chili paste and stir fry for a minute. Remove from the flame. Add red chili powder to it and immediately pour it on the dal. Mix well, stir and wok for 5 min. till desired thickness is achieved. Add coriander leaves,lemon juice and remove from flame. Garnishing: Garnish the dal with thin onion rings and coriander leaves.

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