Tarka Dal

Tan France of Queer Eye digs into his cultural roots as he shares his secret family recipe for Pakistani Tarka Dal. Things really start to heat up in the kitchen as he shares 10 things you probably don't know about him — including his dream dinner invitee list and perfect cookie style.


  • 2 cups red (orange) lentils, dry
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon jeera (cumin)
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter
  • 1 bulb garlic, crushed or pressed
  • Cilantro, for serving
  • Cooked rice, for serving


  1. Using a sieve, wash the lentils until the water runs clear.
  2. Add lentils to a large saucepan with 6 cups of boiling water. Bring the water and lentils back to a boil.

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