In India, Dal is used to describe not only an ingredient (split peas; lentils/peas/beans), but a dish made from it. Dal can be a thin soup or more like a stew. This recipe uses red lentils. Use your red lentils as it states on the packaging, it will usually say to rinse thoroughly before using. Dal can be served as a curry accompaniment or is equally delicious serviced as a vegetarian main dish with cucumber raita, mango chutney or Indian breads as you wish.
Preparation time is approx. 15 mins and cooking time of lentils and the spiced butter takes no more than 30 mins. It can serve up to 4 people as a side dish or two to three as a main dish.