How To Make Dhal

[showads ad=336×280]In this post, I provide instructions on how to make dhal. ¬†Traditionally in Trinidad and Tobago many Indian families serve Dhal as an appetizer or as a main meal with rice or roti. When used as part of a main meal, it is served with several curried dishes such as chicken, duck, goat or with vegetables like spinach or even fried fish. Dhal is often a mainstay in vegetarian diets, because it is so versatile and is a good source of protein.

1 cup or 8 oz split peas
3 cups water
1 tsp. saffron or turmeric powder
3 cloves garlic
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp roasted ground geera
1/4 tsp geera seeds
2 pimento peppers
Hot pepper (optional)
2 tbs vegetable oil

In a sauce pan, add about 3 cups of water, split peas, saffron powder, salt, 2 cloves of garlic, roasted geera, pimento peppers and hot pepper. Allow the ingredients to cook until soft and of desired consistency. Swizzle Dhal until all the peas and other ingredients are completely melted.

Heat oil in saucepan, add 1 clove of garlic and geera seeds and fry until brown. Pour into dhal mixture, stir and cover.

roasted geera

saffron powder

dhal spicesdhal as an appetizer

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