A simple, flavorful dhal from Kandy

A simple, flavorful dhal from Kandy


If you're a fan of flavorful and comforting dishes, then you're in for a treat with this simple yet incredibly tasty dhal recipe. Developed by the main chef at Polowaththa Eco Lodges, this one-pot wonder is sure to impress your taste buds. What's more, the secret ingredient that takes this dish to a whole new level is the Polowaththa Curry Powder. Prepare to have your perception of curry powder completely transformed!

What makes Polowaththa Curry Powder special?

Polowaththa Curry Powder is a game changer when it comes to cooking dishes from the Sri Lankan region. Unlike regular curry powders, this unique blend of spices is carefully crafted to enhance the flavors of traditional Sri Lankan cuisine. It's made with a combination of Kandy Turmeric, Sri Lanka cinnamon, green cardamom, dried Kandy Curry Leaves, and other aromatic spices.

With Polowaththa Curry Powder, you can expect an explosion of flavors in every bite. The blend of spices adds depth and complexity to your dishes, elevating them to a whole new level. Whether you're a seasoned chef or a beginner in the kitchen, this curry powder will take your cooking skills to new heights.

Let's get cooking!

Now that you know the secret behind the incredible flavors of this dhal recipe, it's time to roll up your sleeves and start cooking. Here's what you'll need:


  • 150 grams of dried red/yellow lentils
  • 2-3 minced garlic cloves
  • 1-2 minced shallots
  • A pinch of chili flakes
  • 1 whole fresh chili
  • 1 teaspoon of Kandy Turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons of Polowaththa Curry Powder
  • Small piece of Sri Lanka cinnamon
  • 2 pods of green cardamom
  • 1 spoon dried Kandy Curry Leaves
  • 1.5 dl water
  • 1.5 dl coconut milk
  • Garnish: Chopped coriander

Now that you have all the ingredients ready, let's start cooking:

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Add all the ingredients to a pot, except the coconut milk.
  2. Cook on low heat, allowing the flavors to meld together and the lentils to become tender.
  3. Once the lentils are cooked, add the coconut milk and stir well.
  4. Simmer for a few more minutes until the dhal reaches your desired consistency.
  5. Remove from heat and garnish with freshly chopped coriander.

And there you have it! A delicious and hearty dhal that will leave you craving for more. The combination of the Polowaththa Curry Powder and the aromatic spices creates a symphony of flavors that will transport you to the vibrant streets of Sri Lanka.

So why wait? Grab your apron, gather the ingredients, and embark on a culinary adventure with this mouthwatering dhal recipe. Your taste buds will thank you!



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