Lifestyle Food Make Jill Dillard's Dal Bhat Recipe from 19 Kids and Counting By Staff Author Updated on December 8, 2020 01:34 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Thanks to Jill Dillard, we got a lesson in Nepali cooking. On Tuesday night’s 19 Kids and Counting, the Duggar daughter and her older sister Jana cooked up quite a storm preparing dal bhat — a traditional lentil and rice dish popular in Nepal, Bangladesh and India — for her husband, Derick Dillard. Jill created the dish as a special treat for Derick, who lived and did missionary work in Nepal. It’s also where the now-married couple met and began their official courtship. RELATED: As Seen On 19 Kids and Counting: Jill Dillard’s ‘Favorite’ No-Bake Cheesecake Recipe But the dish was no easy feat, as dal bhat has an extensive ingredient list and requires some preparation. “There’s a lot to it,” Jill admitted in the episode, as she and Jana attempt to tackle the dinner, which is served with a fragrant and flavorful vegetable curry, curried spinach and tomato pickle. “Our family is known for making tater-tot casserole,” Jana said. “This dish, though, is not anything like that. It has a lot more spices that go into it and it’s a lot more time consuming.” But the recipe — which Jill shared exclusively with PEOPLE (see below) — is a success, and Derick is thrilled to dig into his nostalgic supper. (In fact, he reached in with his hands, because traditional Nepali food is eaten without utensils, he explained.) RELATED: PHOTOS: The Scoop on Jessa Duggar’s Wedding Ice Cream Sundae Bar This isn’t the first time Jill has been seen in the kitchen on the TLC series. Just last week, the mom-to-be whipped up a no-bake cheesecake for her mother-in-law, and then shared the recipe with her fans on Instagram. This savory dish is a slight departure for the Duggar daughters, who are known for their love of all things sweet: Jill and Derick’s 2014 wedding featured more than 600 cupcakes, while her younger sister Jessa opted for a fully stocked ice cream sundae bar for her nuptials to Ben Seewald last November. 19 Kids and Counting airs Tuesdays (9 p.m. ET) on TLC. Jill Dillard’s Dal BhatAdapted to serve 4 Bhat (fluffy rice)2 cups basmati rice2 cups water To make fluffy (read: not sticky) rice, first rinse and then boil rice in water for 10-20 minutes, until a rice grain is still slightly hard when squeezed with the fingers. At this point, it is almost cooked; pour the contents of the pot into a drainer, and then steam the rice above a steamer until ready to serve. Dal (lentils)1½ cups lentils3-8 cups water*1 heaping tsp. salt1 heaping tsp. turmeric3 tbsp. vegetable oil or ghee (clarified butter)2 tomatoes, small (for color)½-1 bulb of garlic, finely chopped1 cup finely chopped onions1 tsp. chopped fresh ginger1 heaping tsp. cumin seeds2 chili peppers (optional), whole if dried or chopped if freshHandful of chopped cilantro 1. In a large pot, wash lentils and let soak; drain. Add 3-8 cups water. (The amount of water used can vary by literally magnitudes; it determines the consistency of liquid. If using a steamer, however, use more water to avoid burning the dal.) Add salt, turmeric and 1-2 tbsp. ghee/oil, ginger and simmer in a covered pot (for 20-30 minutes) or pressure cooker (for 10-20 minutes) until the lentils look like porridge. 2. In a frying pan over medium heat, heat the remaining oil/ghee and cook garlic, onions, ginger, cumin seeds, chili peppers until golden brown, stirring often. Add tomatoes, stir and cook until reduced to a gravy-like consistency. Add the cooked dal (lentils), salt to taste, cilantro, water if necessary, and boil. Tarkari (vegetable curry)2 tbsp. vegetable oil/ghee3-4 cloves garlic, finely chopped2-3 onions, finely chopped1 tbsp. chopped gingerChili peppers, to taste, chopped1 heaping tsp. cumin1 heaping tsp. turmeric1 heaping tsp. curry powder1 heaping tsp. red chili powder1 heaping tsp. garam masala1 heaping tsp. salt4-5 small tomatoes, choppedYour favorite vegetables, boiled or steamed*, choppedHandful cilantro, choppedLemon juice, to taste*Common Nepali choices are potato (boiled), green beans, cauliflower, cabbage, peas and carrots, but any will do. 1. In a frying pan over medium heat, heat the oil/ghee and cook the garlic, onion, ginger and chilies until golden brown. Add the cumin, turmeric, curry powder, and red chili powder, garam masala, 1 cup of water, and salt. 2. Add chopped tomatoes and boiled vegetables. Cook over low heat until the curry has a gravy-like consistency. Remove from heat, add cilantro and lemon juice. Saag (curried spinach)2 tbsp. vegetable oil/ghee½-1 bulb of garlic, chopped1 heaping tsp. cumin seed4 cups packed spinach leaves, chopped1 heaping tsp. salt1 heaping tsp. curry powder1 heaping tsp. white pepper In a frying pan, heat the oil/ghee, garlic and cumin seeds until fragrant and golden brown. Add spinach, salt, curry powder and white pepper. Cook until spinach is tender, about 2 to 3 minutes. Tomato Pickle2 cups roasted tomatoes, peeled and finely chopped2 tbsp. mustard oil, divided3 fresh red chilis, minced1 tbsp. minced garlic1 tbsp. minced ginger1 tsp. cumin powder1 tsp. coriander powder1 tbsp. minced cilantro1 tbsp. mustard seeds½ tsp. ground black pepperSalt, to taste1 tsp. fenugreek10 cloves garlic, thinly sliced1 tbsp. green onion, finely chopped 1. In a blender, combine tomatoes, 1 tbsp. mustard oil and next 9 ingredients until it forms a smooth paste. Transfer to large bowl. 2. Then, in a frying pan heat the 1 tbsp. mustard oil. Add fenugreek, and cook until it turns dark. Add garlic slices and cook until they turn golden brown. Pour the mixture over the blended tomato paste and add chopped green onions; stir to combine. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. TO SERVE:Mix the dal with the rice to form a soupy mixture. Serve with spinach, vegetable curry and tomato pickle. Enjoy! RELATED: Paula Deen to Release New Low-Fat Cookbook —Morgan Gibson Want more Duggars? Click here to get weekly updates on 19 Kids and Counting‘s stars in the Duggar Family Newsletter.