\ ˈdäl How to pronounce dal (audio) \
variants: or dahl or dhal or less commonly dholl

Definition of dal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: dried legumes (such as lentils, beans, or peas) also : an Indian dish made of simmered and usually pureed and spiced legumes
variants: or less commonly daL

Definition of dal (Entry 2 of 2)


Examples of dal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The shivering tourists beamed at each other, high-fiving gloved hands, and followed their happy guides back to Kibber for heaping plates of dal and rice and steaming cups of chai. Peter Gwin, National Geographic, "Himalaya ‘ghost cats’ are finally coming into view," 16 June 2020 When her daughter started solids, Sandhya Nankani, a vegetarian who is also raising her daughter as a vegetarian, fed her rice and dal, which is made of lentils and high in protein. Ellen Lee, New York Times, "Feed your vegan or vegetarian child a well-balanced diet and plenty of calories.," 17 Apr. 2020 Customers buying cautiously’ In Mumbai, grocery vendors serving middle- and lower-middle class clients claimed that sales of wheat, dals and rice have not reduced even though their prices have increased by Rs20-25 per kg in the past three months. Aarefa Johari, Quartz India, "High food inflation in India is forcing families to choose between good meals and education," 14 Jan. 2020 Find toor dal and other ingredients at an Indian grocery store or online. Leena Trivedi-grenier, SFChronicle.com, "How I cooked my way out of Indian Impostor Syndrome," 17 Apr. 2020 Heavy on the menu are lentils (dal), rice, vegetables such as bell peppers, cauliflower, garbanzo beans and potatoes that are curried (sabzi), and a meal staple, flatbread called roti. oregonlive, "Salem Sikhs make sure local hospital workers are well fed with delivery of vegetarian meals," 28 Apr. 2020 Ladle hot tarka-dal over and stir until spinach starts to wilt. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "This Technique Takes a Recipe From Ordinary to Electrifying," 22 Jan. 2020 Things to cook today, and in the week to come, which no doubt will have its challenges: slow-cooker barbecued pulled pork; preheated oven popovers; pasta tahdig; sweet potato and chickpea curry; Japanese-style tuna noodle salad; Sri Lankan dal. Sam Sifton, New York Times, "What to Cook This Week," 22 Mar. 2020 Their 16-year-old daughter, Vishakha, at home because her school is closed, watches a pot of dal simmering on the stove. Los Angeles Times, "Social distancing during the coronavirus? Not when a family of six shares one room," 7 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of dal


1673, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dal


Hindi & Urdu dāl

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28 Jun 2020

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“Dal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dal. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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