Main definitions of dal in US English:

: dal1dal2


(also daal, dhal)


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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 A dish made with lentils or other split pulses.
      • ‘She wrote: ‘I loved all the food you made, especially your rice and dhal and spicy vegetable mixtures.’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Serve with luchis (fried puffy bread) or with rice and Bengali dal (sweet-and-sour lentils).’
      • ‘Combine the moong dal and the lentils in a bowl and wash in several changes of water.’


Hindi dāl.




Main definitions of dal in US English:

: dal1dal2



  • Decaliter(s).