\ 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 Here’s the menu for Saturday: Pancake-like uttapam, potato curry, coconut chutney, cucumber and moong dal stir fry, and fruit salad in custard. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Drop in for Indian home-style lunches by guest cooks at Amaranth Bakery," 7 Oct. 2019 My mom cooked everything in a pressure cooker, one whistle for yellow dal, two whistles for basmati pilaf and three whistles for chicken curry. Dr. Monita Soni, al, "A lunch to remember," 2 Oct. 2019 The dal was cooked but was just enough for two and not for the whole family! Dr. Monita Soni, al, "A lunch to remember," 2 Oct. 2019 Chai Pani, an Indian street-food restaurant, offers specials like dal with collards and country ham. Jane Black, New York Times, "Long Misunderstood, Appalachian Food Finds the Spotlight," 9 Sep. 2019 Revolving flavors include paneer, dal, tikka masala and tandoori and include vegan, gluten-free and halal meat options. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "Skyway Masala brings Indian fare to St. Paul’s skyway," 27 Aug. 2019 Scoop a spoonful or two into a bowl of dal or beans — black, red, white. James P. Dewan, chicagotribune.com, "How to make labneh, the luscious Middle Eastern yogurty spread," 21 Aug. 2019 The chef’s pride and joy is his dal makhani, cooked over low heat for up to a day with cream, tomatoes, garlic and ghee. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "After more than 30 years, Bombay Club is still as comfortable as an old (satin) shoe," 10 July 2019 But numerous brands have capitulated, including Delta Airlines (dal, -0.24%), hotel chain Marriott International (mar, -0.15%), and fashion retailer Zara. Eli Meixler, Fortune, "Japanese Retailer Muji Is the Latest Company to Face China's Anger Over Taiwan," 24 May 2018

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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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“Dal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dal. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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