I recently visited Kedai Makan, this “Malaysian-inspired” take-out place that had a line snaking around the corner. The daal I purchased was rich and delicious. But was it replicable? Of course not! But it inspired me to make a daal/dahl/dal.

The recipe: I went with a spicy, tomato-based dahl. I served it with a loaf of some easy whole wheat bread.

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Quick recap: Thank goodness I had all the spices called for. I followed the recipe exactly (except I used a mix of chicken broth and water)… and I added some cilantro and plain Greek yogurt as toppings at the end.

The verdict: It didn’t taste like the stuff I recently bought, but it was really flavorful and authentic-tasting. Just a wee bit too salty (and not spicy enough) for my tastes.