|Alternative names||Dal chawal|
|Place of origin||India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh|
|Region or state||Indian subcontinent|
|Associated cuisine||India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Suriname, Jamaica, Mauritius, Fiji|
|Main ingredients||Rice, vegetable, lentils, chutney or achar|
Dāl bhāt (Hindi: दालभात, Urdu: دال بھات, Bengali: ডাল ভাত, Gujarati: દાળ ભાત, Marathi: डाळ भात, Assamese: দাইল ভাত dāil bhat / দালি ভাত dāli bhāt) is a traditional meal originated from Nepal and popular in many areas of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. It consists of steamed rice and a cooked lentil or other pulses stew called dal. It is a staple food in these countries. Bhāt or chāwal means "boiled rice" in a number of Indo-Aryan languages.
At higher elevations in Nepal, above 6,500 feet (2,000 m), where rice does not grow well, other grains such as maize, buckwheat, barley or millet may be substituted in a cooked preparation called dhindo or atho in Nepal. Bhat may be supplemented with roti in Nepal (rounds of unleavened bread).
Dal may be cooked with onion, garlic, ginger, chili, tomatoes, or tamarind, in addition to lentils or beans. It always contains herbs and spices such as coriander, garam masala, cumin, and turmeric. Recipes vary by season, locality, ethnic group and family.
Dal bhat is often served with vegetable tarkari or torkari (तरकारी in Hindi, তরকারি in Bengali) – a mix of available seasonal vegetables. It is also called dal bhat tarkari (दाल भात तरकारी) in Nepali and Bengali (ডাল ভাত তরকারি). A small portion of pickle (called achar or loncha) is sometimes included. In Bengal (West Bengal and Bangladesh) dal bhat may accompany machh bhaja (মাছ ভাজা - fried fish).
Nepalese-style dal bhat
- Assamese cuisine
- Awadhi cuisine
- Bengali cuisine
- Bhojpuri cuisine
- Bihari cuisine
- Caribbean cuisine
- Fijian cuisine
- Gujarati cuisine
- Indian cuisine
- Marathi cuisine
- Nepalese cuisine
- Odia cuisine
- Sikkimese cuisine
- Trinidad and Tobago cuisine
- "Dal Bhat". 25 April 2012.