Dal is a mainstay on Indian tables. It's such a staple that it accompanies almost every meal at my home, especially for my father-in-law. In general, the lentil dish is internationally renowned for its simple ingredients: lentils (whatever kind), ghee or oil and chiles with various spices and flavorings such as garlic, ginger or cumin.
Over the years, I've learned to enjoy dal.. Interestingly, the key to a well-balanced vegetarian diet (75% of my family have adopted a vegetarian regimen) is to combine a starch (such as rice) and a legume (such as beans or lentils). My favorite lentil meal is kali dal with freshly steamed browm basmati rice and a dollop of ghee. I've listed a few of our family's favorites for you to try. Dal is nutritious and so tasty with the added heat from the chile peppers. Even baby Aria enjoys many of these dal dishes!