Definition of tarka dal in English:

tarka dal

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Pronunciation: /ˌtɑːkə ˈdɑːl
(also tarka dhal)


[mass noun]
  • (In Indian cookery) a dish of creamy lentils cooked with onion, garlic, and spices.
    More example sentences
    • The best of the side dishes was undoubtedly the garlicky tarka dal, one of many vegetarian options on the menu.
    • I also ordered the obligatory side dish of tarka dal and we had a nan and a chapatti.
    • We love all dhal recipes in our house - but we especially love the tarka dhal you get in Indian restaurants, somehow it always has a really smoky flavour.


Hindi tarka dāl, from taṛaknā 'to season' + dāl (see dal1).

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