Bilal Cooks Daal

Six-year-old Bilal helps his dad make his favorite food – daal.  The slow cooked dish from South Asia requires many ingredients and patience. Bilal’s diverse friends are excited to try the new dish.  They break naan around the table and share the steamy, garlicky, salty, sweet, creamy daal.  They all agree that it tastes great.  The colorful illustrations were rendered digitally. An author’s note explains that daal is known as lentils in English.  A recipe for chana daal with split chickpeas is also included. mjw
Title: Bilal Cooks Daal
Author: Aisha Saeed
: Anoosha Syed
: Salaam Reads, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division
: 2019
Original Language
: English
: 978-1-534418103
Hardcover pages
: 40
Age range
: 4-8
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Pakistani-American
Author’s residence
: Atlanta, Georgia. U.S.
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Pakistaani-Canadian
Illustrator’s residence
: Toronto, Canada
Awards: 2020 ALA Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature
: Bi-racial, Celebrations, Cooking, Cultural differences, Cultural traditions, Family relationships, Friendship, Lentils, Pakistani, Patience

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