Dhal Curry ( Red Lentils )

Dhal is cooked in every house in Sri Lanka. Some people cook it every day. There is a saying “At least a girl should learn how to cook a dhal curry”. So, for the beginners this is a great first cooking lesson because this is quick and easy.

Everyone have their own way of making this. But I will show my method. Later you can customise it to your liking.

Dhal Curry ( Red Lentils )
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½ cup dhal
2 red onions sliced
1 green chili sliced
1 clove garlic crushed
1  sprig of curry leaves
2” rampe ( pandan leaves )
¼ tsp turmeric
¼ tsp fenugreek
½ tsp chilli flakes ( optional )
small piece of cinnamon
salt to taste
1 cup thin coconut milk
3/4 cup thick coconut milk


Soak dhal for about 10 minutes and wash thoroughly. Put all the ingredients except thick coconut milk.
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Cover with a lid and cook in medium heat till tender.

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Then add thick milk. Let it simmer for further 2-3 minutes till gravy become thick.

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Some prefer to cook till dhal get soft and mushy.


And some prefer with the tempered with onion garlic and chilli.

Serving Suggestion- Pol sambol, Bread and egg

Dh 5Enjoy…….!

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