This is my parents’ go-to dal that they order when they eat in Indian restaurants. Tarka refers to the finishing touch when you heat and spice oil or ghee and add it to the cooked dal. Indians don’t typically eat dal cooked with a lot of cream and oil, so this is a perfect way to make the homestyle version a little fancier without overpowering it. It usually comes to the table sizzling.
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