There are 2 main definitions of dal in English:


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Pronunciation: /dɑːl
(also dhal)


[mass noun]
1(In Indian cookery) split pulses, in particular lentils.
More example sentences
  • Some seeds are consumed as green peas, but most are turned into dal (split pulse) More dal is made from pigeon peas than from any other legume except channa.
  • The meal may include chapati, dal, vegetables and rice pudding.
  • This is a lovely soup that is based on Indian dhal, which tastes best when it is heavy on the ginger.
1.1A dish made with these.
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  • If you opt for the non-vegetarian platter, you get roti, dal, veg pulao and raita, chicken gravy, kebab and gajjar ki halwa.
  • Serve with luchis (fried puffy bread) or with rice and Bengali dal (sweet-and-sour lentils).
  • Combine the moong dal and the lentils in a bowl and wash in several changes of water.


Hindi dāl.

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