Hiking Tarka Dal

This continues a series of recipes on simple Dals which you can make quickly from dried ingredients for hiking. Each of these dals has its own unique taste so that you will not tire of them (at least so long as you intersperse them with some of my other recipes).

To a litre of water, add:


250 grams (1 cup) of red lentils

1 1/2 Teaspoons of Turmeric powder

2 Teaspoons of garlic powder

3 Teaspoons of onion powder

1 Teaspoon of cumin powder (or cumin seeds)

1 Teaspoon of garam masala

10 Teaspoons of coconut milk powder

1 teaspoon hot paprika

1 Teaspoon ginger powder

1 1/2 Teaspoons of sweet paprika

1 pinch – 1/4 Teaspoon of salt (to taste)

1 teaspoon of coarse ground black pepper (to taste)

1 50 gram sachet of Tomato Paste

Bring to the boil and simmer approx 20 minutes.


1 teaspoon of coriander (if you like it. I don’t)

A quantity of chopped salami or Hormel Bacon Pieces (eg -2 Tablespoon) if you ‘need’ some meat.

NB: All the dry ingredients and the sachet of tomato paste can be stored in a ziplock bag for a short time until needed.

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