I came across Nigella’s recipe for Lentil Tamarind and Date Dhansak last week, which prompted an internal conversation with the self.
Dal without salt? Did the ingredient list miss that by accident or is this dish really meant to have no salt?
Well, moong dal halwa is dal without salt, and that’s the finest dessert ever.
But there’s garlic-infused oil and tamarind in this recipe – no dessert worth its er…salt…has garlic.
Who said this is a dessert?
Guesswork much? Just follow the recipe and find out for sure.
So I did follow the recipe, with a couple of tiny adaptations. I ended up with an unusual, rich and tangy dal, the taste of which grew on me with each spoonful.