Tamarian Social: What’s Cookin’

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Tamarian Director of Sales Chris Saliga shares a recipe and the steps to prepare one of his favorite Nepali dishes, Dal Bhat.

Chris: A little background on the dish; Dal bhat is a traditional meal from the Indian subcontinent, popular in many areas of Nepal, Bangladesh and India. It consists of steamed rice and a cooked lentil soup called dal. Bhat or Chawal means “boiled rice” in a number of Indo-Aryan languages. It literally means “lentils with rice”. It is a staple food in these countries and is the national dish of Nepal. Himalayan trekkers are served this dish by the Sherpa and Tibetan guides before heading off into Mountains. There is a saying, “Dal Bhat Power, 24 Hour!”

Tamarian Director of Sales Chris Saliga (left) poses for a chilly picture with client and friend Darren Jaffe (right) of Jaffe Oriental Rug Gallery, Inc. before a sunrise trek in Nepal.

What I cooked is the simple recipe given me from one our Esteemed factory partner’s wife during a recent trip to Nepal. Styles vary; you can also serve it with curry, pickle, yogurt and meat. In Nepal and traditional Nepalese eateries ,the various items are often put in little compartments like an old school lunch tray.


  • 2 tablespoons ghee or oil
  • 1 yellow onion chopped finely
  • 1 diced tomato
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 cup red lentils washed
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 sliced red pepper
  • 2 cups cooked basmati rice to serve with dal.
Basmati is the author’s preferred style of rice, although substitutes are allowed!

Cook Basmati rice

  • bring 2 cups of water to a boil
  • add one cup of rice
  • reduce, cover and cook 20 minutes.

Once rice is on begin the Lentil soup…

  • Put two tbsp cooking oil in a medium size pan over medium heat
  • Add ½ Teaspoon cumin seed, one small yellow onion chopped and a tomato diced

When the onion is translucent add:

  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon salt.
  • Three garlic cloves finely chopped

Cook for a couple of minutes

Add 1 cup cleaned and washed lentils and fry for 2 minutes

Add three cups of water bring to boil, reduce and cook for 15 minutes covered

Chris: After looking over recipes online I added Chopped Cilantro and a sliced red pepper with lime wedges for acidity.


There are variations of this simple recipe online so BE ADVENTUROUS and don’t be afraid to explore new ways of tapping into that DAL BHAT POWER FOR 24 HOURS! As our esteem partner overseas reminded us when we solicited this recipe:

Lentil soups are good for health too. Specially kidney.


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