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Dhal – An East Indian Tradition

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This photo shows a plate of dhal served with rice and curried meat. Does it make you feel hungry?

First Published: 2nd of May, 2021

Last updated: May 3, 2021 at 1:31 am

Dhal, also spelt “daal,” “dal,” “dhaal,” and “dhaal,” is a food of East Indian origin prepared and served in a semi liquid form. The recipe is usually prepared using yellow split peas and a variety of spices. It is often served together with rice, roti, and curried meat in various combinations. The protein-rich food is common at East Indian weddings. However, all ethnic groups of Guyana have incorporated Dhal into their family cuisine.

Although the preparation of dhal is pretty much uniform – boiling and adding spices, the recipes for it are as wide and varied as the people who prepare them and their geographical locations. There are literally dozens of dhal recipes available.

Under this heading, we will be exploring some of the dhal recipes used by people of Guyana and elsewhere. If you have a great dhal recipe that you would like to share with us, please email us at or inbox us via our Facebook Page.


An Easy Dhal Recipe for Beginners.

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