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Nepali dal is slightly different from the regular dals I make at home because of the addition of the ground masala powder. The addition of warm spices like cardamom, cloves and cinnamon adds a lot of flavor to the dal and makes it taste spicy and comforting.

Dal Bhat is Nepal’s National dish and is often served with tarkari (mixed vegetable curry) for a complete wholesome meal.

Dal bath

Recipe adapted from Sandhya’s post:

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Nepali Dal Bhat Yum
Nepali dal is the National dish of Nepal and is served with tarkari for a complete wholesome meal. The addition of warm spices like cardamom, cloves and cinnamon adds a lot of flavor to the dal and makes it taste spicy and comforting.
Nepali Dal Bhat
Course side dish
Cuisine nepalese
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • ½ cup Masoor Dal Red Lentils /
  • 1 Onion - small, finely chopped
  • ¼ tsp Turmeric
  • 2 tbsps Cilantro - finely chopped
  • to taste Salt
For the Masala Powder:
  • 2 chilies Dry red
  • ½ Cinnamon " stick
  • 3 Cloves
  • 2 pods Cardamom of
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • tsps Coriander seeds
  • 5 ~ 6 Peppercorns
Course side dish
Cuisine nepalese
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • ½ cup Masoor Dal Red Lentils /
  • 1 Onion - small, finely chopped
  • ¼ tsp Turmeric
  • 2 tbsps Cilantro - finely chopped
  • to taste Salt
For the Masala Powder:
  • 2 chilies Dry red
  • ½ Cinnamon " stick
  • 3 Cloves
  • 2 pods Cardamom of
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • tsps Coriander seeds
  • 5 ~ 6 Peppercorns
Nepali Dal Bhat
Instructions
  1. Pressure cook red lentils until cooked through and mushy. Alternately red lentils can be cooked on the stove top until tender.
  2. While the lentils are cooking, make the masala. Grind all the ingredients listed under masala powder into a smooth powder.
  3. Heat 2tsp oil in a saucepan, add the chopped onions and cook until they are golden brown. Add the masala powder, mix well and cook for 1~2 minutes.
  4. Stir in the cooked dal, turmeric and salt. Add water if the dal looks too thick. Simmer on medium flame for 6~8 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle chopped cilantro and serve.
Recipe Notes

Dal bath

Check out the complete Nepali Thali here.

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7 thoughts on “Nepali Dal Bhat (National Dish of Nepal)”

  1. Even I don’t use garam masala in dal but once made it seeing a cookery show. I liked it and would not mind it once in a while.

  2. Our own comforting Dal is a national dish of another country,see how some cuisines are same across the border!! I m a Dal person any day!!!

  3. I too have this bookmarked from Sandhyas space but yet to try it. I made a slightly different version of this dhal for Nepal. Love your last click Pavani

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