Bilal Cooks Daal
Bilal Cooks Daal

Simon Schuster

Bilal Cooks Daal

Aisha Saeed

Anoosha Syed, Illustrator




Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature Honor Book 2019


Six-year-old Bilal introduces his friends to his favourite dish-daal!-in this charming picture book that showcases the value of patience, teamwork, community, and sharing. Six-year-old Bilal is excited to help his dad make his favourite food of all-time: daal! The slow-cooked lentil dish from South Asia requires lots of ingredients and a whole lot of waiting. Bilal wants to introduce his friends to daal.


They've never tried it! As the day goes on, the daal continues to simmer, and more kids join Bilal and his family, waiting to try the tasty dish. And as time passes, Bilal begins to wonder: Will his friends like it as much as he does? This debut picture book by Aisha Saeed, with charming illustrations by Anoosha Syed, uses food as a means of bringing a community together to share in each other's family traditions.