Nepali Dal Bhaat Tarkari

Day 4 BM #56 -

Just as Dal and rice is a comfort food for us, Indians, it is the same for our neighbors. Nepalis eat this fare twice a day.

The tarkari can include any vegetables of the season and as I understand potato is almost always present.

Recipe Source here
Ingredients - 
For Dal - 
Masoor Dal/Red Lentils 1 cup
Tomato, chopped 1/2 cup
Turmeric 1/2 tsp
Salt as needed
Oil 2 tsp
Lime/Lemon Juice as needed (Optional)
Cilantro for garnish
To Grind - 
Red chilies 2
Peppercorn 7-8
Coriander seeds  1 tsp
Cloves  3-4
Cumin seeds 1/2 tsp
Cardamom 1
Cinnamon ¾ inch piece
For Bhaat - 
Rice 2 cups (I used the Sona Masoori Variety)
Water 4 cups
For Tarkari - 
Vegetable Oil 2 tsp
Onion, chopped 1/2 cup
Ginger-Garlic Paste 1 tsp
Tomato, crushed 1 cup
Coriander Powder 1 tsp
Cumin Powder 1/2 tsp
Salt and Red Chili Powder as needed
Potatoes, peeled and cubed 1 1/2 cups
Cauliflower florets 1 cup
Zucchini, cubed 1 cup
Cilantro for garnish

Nepali Dal Bhaat Tarkari

Method Of Preparation -
For Dal - 
Pressure cook the dal with turmeric and 2 cups of water. It took me about 20 min.

Grind the ingredients listed under 'To Grind' into a fine powder.

In a heated pan, add oil and saute tomato until mushy. Sprinkle the above spice powder, add salt, Red chili powder and the cooked dal.

Mix well and remove from heat. Garnish with cilantro and squeeze a lime if needed.

Nepali Dal

For Bhaat - 
Wash the rice and Cook it either on a stove top or an electric cooker or a pressure cooker.

For Tarkari - 
In a heated pan, add oil. Saute the ginger-garlic paste and onions.

After the onions are brown, add the crushed tomato. Sprinkle coriander powder, cumin powder, red chili powder and cubed potatoes.

Cover and let them cook for about 5 minutes.

Add the cauliflower florets and zucchini and cook further until the zucchini cubes are cooked but yet crisp.

Sprinkle salt, mix well and remove from heat.

Garnish with cilantro.

Nepali Tarkari

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Preparation Time 40 min
Serves 4-5


  1. Such a delectable combo.Love to taste every dish.Very well presented.

  2. Nice array of dishes..nice presentation..

  3. simplicity at its best...very elegantly presented

  4. There are so many variations to this dal, isn't it. All the versions look delicious. You got a nice array of dishes for thsi combo.

  5. super delicious recipe.

  6. Kalyani Says:
  7. ur pics are out of the world :-)) have u changed ur photoshoot location Harini !! they look gorgeous.. this conbo is something I have been wanting to make.. bookmarking !

  8. Priya Suresh Says:
  9. Nepali combo meal looks very tempting.. Tarkari and dal makes me hungry..Comforting soul foods.

  10. Unknown Says:
  11. same pinch... i also made this today!!! it was super delicious...

  12. preeti garg Says:
  13. Simple and delicious combo... bookmarked

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  14. Srivalli Says:
  15. The setup looks so nicely done Harini..even the simplest meal, its such a comfort one right!

  16. The complete platter is so so inviting. looks stunning eventhough it is comfort looks like a feast.

  17. Srividhya Says:
  18. Lovely Clicks and comforting dish.

  19. Sandhiya Says:
  20. Interesting combo and loved the platter

  21. I remember making tarkaari for Bm. The meal spread looks so beautiful..

  22. A comforting and delicious combo.

  23. Pavani Says:
  24. That is such a comforting and hearty meal Harini. It looks so colorful and delicious.

  25. Archana Says:
  26. Delicious comfort food at its best.Beautifully made.

  27. Suma Gandlur Says:
  28. That is a comforting meal for our Indian palates too. And loving this spicy version of dal.

  29. great comfort meal

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