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Malaysian Dhal Curry

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Malaysian Dhal Curry







Cook Time

Cook Time

40 M



4 Servings
Grace Teo
Grace Teo   thegraceteo
Published on July 11, 2016

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Lentils are said to be one of the healthiest food available. It is healthy for the heart and also aids in getting rid of an infection. Now that there is this wonderful recipe which uses this superfood, I cannot help but try it out immediately.

What I am referring to is the dhal curry which is so common in Malaysia and the surrounding regions. This delicious mild curry is usually eaten along with Roti Canai, an Indian-influenced flatbread. Dhal curry is not spicy at all, which is why it is even suitable for young children. It can be served with bread or rice. It would even be good to enjoy a bowl of dhal curry just as it is.

To prepare dhal curry, remember to soak the lentils for at least 6 hours or boil them before cooking together with the rest of the ingredients. This will help shorten the time needed to cook the curry. As dried dhal is used, it might take a longer time for them to soften. Hence, patience is the key to a superbly cooked dhal curry.

Malaysian Dhal Curry is also known as: Curry for Roti CanaiKari DalIndian Dhal Curry

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  • 250 grams chana dhal  
  • 1 yellow onions  
  • 1 tomato(es)
  • 1 potatoes
  • 1 carrot(s)
  • 1 garlic chives
  • 2 shallots  
  • 1 teaspoons ginger
  • 0.5 tablespoons turmeric powder
  • 2 chilli peppers (dried)  
  • 2 curry leaves stalk(s)  
  • 0.5 tablespoons salt
  • 1 aubergine (Indian)

Steps to Prepare


Step 1:

Fry onions until golden brown at medium heat. Remove onions from pan and leave aside.


Step 2:

Using the same pan, fry shallots, garlic and ginger until fragrant. Add tomato slices to the other ingredients. Cover pan with the lid to allow tomatoes to soften.


Step 3:

Add turmeric powder, carrots, potatoes, aubergine and finally, dhal into the pan. Add water to the ingredients and cook at high heat.


Step 4:

Once it boils, lower heat to the minimum and simmer for about 30 minutes or until dhal softens. Keep stirring from time to time to prevent curry from being burnt. Add salt to taste. Finally, stir in fried onions.