The first time I had black daal was at Dishoom, one of my favorite restaurants. It’s a delicious lentil-style dish with a ton of flavor, and it’s so hearty and filling. The fact that it cooks for six hours really freaked me out at first, but you aren’t cooking it yourself. It’s simmering away in the oven. Job done. You’ve got plenty of time for a movie marathon, a hot bath and a nap, or powering through your latest page turner!
It’s pretty straightforward as well. You blend up the onion, garlic and ginger and then cook the mix in butter before adding spices. Then you add the lentils, tinned tomatoes and a few other ingredients. Then you pop it in the oven for six hours to cook to perfection! It’s the perfect chilly weather meal and there is something really nice about preparing this food over a long period of time. Bonus points if you make your own naan bread to co with it. It’s always better when it’s made fresh!