Main definitions of dal in English

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dal1

(also dhal)

noun

  • 1[mass noun] (in Indian cooking) split pulses, in particular lentils.

    • ‘That very day I went to the market and stocked up the house with atta, dal, potatoes and besan.’
    • ‘The meal may include chapati, dal, vegetables and rice pudding.’
    • ‘Some seeds are consumed as green peas, but most are turned into dal (split pulse) More dal is made from pigeon peas than from any other legume except channa.’
    • ‘This is a lovely soup that is based on Indian dhal, which tastes best when it is heavy on the ginger.’
    • ‘They included a large number of food items and medicine such as milk powder, drinking water, sugar, rice, flour, dhal, tea, onions, potatoes, canned fish, and soap.’
    1. 1.1 A dish made with these.
      • ‘One is a pungent red lentil concoction similar to dhal with a muskier, meatier taste.’
      • ‘She wrote: ‘I loved all the food you made, especially your rice and dhal and spicy vegetable mixtures.’’
      • ‘Combine the moong dal and the lentils in a bowl and wash in several changes of water.’
      • ‘If you opt for the non-vegetarian platter, you get roti, dal, veg pulao and raita, chicken gravy, kebab and gajjar ki halwa.’
      • ‘Serve with luchis (fried puffy bread) or with rice and Bengali dal (sweet-and-sour lentils).’

Origin

Hindi dāl.

Pronunciation:

dal

/dɑːl/

Main definitions of dal in English

: dal1dal2

dal2

  • Decalitre(s).

Pronunciation:

dal

/dɑːl/