1. The Hindi word for any of almost 60 varieties of dried pulses, including peas, beans and Dals may be spicy or mildthey're often puréed and typically served as a side dish. The most common dals found on menus are channa dal (made with yellow split peas) and (orange lentils).
From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.