Were you tempted by the delights of Praveen’s cooking in our latest episode of The Future is Now? Want to make your own Tadka Dhal? Well here’s the recipe for you – get stuck in.


  • 100g           Red lentils 
  • 100g           Fresh spinach leaf 
  • 75g             Tomatoes (option) 
  • 20g             Oil 
  • 10g             Turmeric powder 
  • 10g             Curry powder 
  • 20g             Ginger & Garlic paste  
  • 20g             Garlic fresh 
  • 10g             Tamarind paste  
  • 5g               Cumin seeds 
  • 5g               Mustard seeds  
  • 2                 Red chilli – dry 
  • 6                 Curry leaf (option) 
  • Salt to taste 
  • 4 steamed fresh coriander leaves  



Take a small pot add lentils and water (1:6 ratio), 

Cook the lentils for about 15 minutes with tomatoes, spinach leaf and turmeric powder, curry powder, tamarind paste, ginger garlic paste, and salt. Once lentils are cooked remove and put aside. 

Heat a pan, add oil, once oil is ready add mustard Seeds, cumin seeds and chopped garlic and red chilli, fresh curry leaf to the oil and wait for them to pop. 

Add cooked lentils to mix and simmer for about 5 minutes. Garnish with coriander.