Main definitions of dal in US English:

: dal1dal2


(also daal, dhal)


  • 1(in Indian cooking) split pulses, in particular lentils.

    • ‘In a pan, put the dhal, turmeric, onion, green chillies, curry leaves, cinnamon, curry powder and coconut milk (second extract) and cook on low flame.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Soak the dal in a little water for 10 to 15 minutes.’
    • ‘Bring the dal and 1.2 litres water to the boil in a large saucepan, skimming.’
    • ‘Cook the dal and grind to a smooth paste without adding any water.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Add this water to the dhal, if needed, while the dhal is cooking.’
    • ‘This is a lovely soup that is based on Indian dhal, which tastes best when it is heavy on the ginger.’
    1. 1.1 A dish made with lentils or other split pulses.
      • ‘Combine the moong dal and the lentils in a bowl and wash in several changes of water.’
      • ‘Serve with luchis (fried puffy bread) or with rice and Bengali dal (sweet-and-sour lentils).’
      • ‘If you opt for the non-vegetarian platter, you get roti, dal, veg pulao and raita, chicken gravy, kebab and gajjar ki halwa.’
      • ‘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.’’


Hindi dāl.




Main definitions of dal in US English:

: dal1dal2



  • Decaliter(s).