Malaysian dal curry goes best with Malaysian roti canai. It is a satisfying meal and is easy to make at home. If you have traveled to Malaysia or Singapore, you would have had a chance to try this popular meal. If you haven’t, this is your chance to learn the recipe.
Earlier I have shared a recipe for vegan roti canai, free from eggs or milk. This recipe for Malaysian dal curry is also 100% vegan.
The primary ingredient in this curry is chana dal (split Bengal gram). The other ingredients in dal curry are of two types, one, vegetables of your choice, and two, herbs & spices. The veggies used here are brinjals (eggplant), potatoes, and carrots.
Onion, tomato, ginger, garlic, dried red chili, turmeric powder, vegetable oil, and salt are the other ingredients.
As you see the video, you may get an idea from all the ingredients that it looks like an Indian curry. As I understand, this curry is inspired by Indian cooking, but it is still not Indian. I have enjoyed dal curry in Singapore and Malaysia several times, and I can tell you this, Malaysian dal curry has a unique flavor.
The cooking process is straightforward, and you can do it even if it is your first time. However, as is suggested in the video, it immensely helps if you soak the dal in plain water overnight before cooking.
Do learn to make roti canai to go along with this curry. You can see the Malaysian roti canai recipe video here.
Video credit: Nyonya Cooking Youtube channel.