7 Top-Rated Yellow Lentil Recipes

Ven Pongal on a black plate
Photo: Buckwheat Queen

A popular staple of Indian cooking, yellow lentils are a powerhouse pulse to keep in your pantry. Also referred to as "moong dal" or "yellow dal," these tiny lentils are actually created by skinning and splitting green mung beans. Their texture is relatively soft when cooked, meaning they're often the base of soups and curries, but the lentils can also hold their shape when tossed with rice or served on their own. Try one of our yellow lentil recipes today to start rotating this handy legume into your everyday meals.

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Yellow Dhal - Sweet Potato Soup

yellow dal in a black pot
Emily Reeh Burke

The duo of sweet potatoes and yellow lentils yield a beautiful hue to this stick-to-your-ribs soup. Adjust the amount of jalapeños to your heat preference, toning it down for sensitive palates or amping it up for spice lovers.

02 of 07

Khara Pongal

Khara Pongal in a dark pot

Yellow lentils and rice make up the base for this hearty South Indian dish. Each bite is packed with flavor thanks to bold ingredients like cashews, peppers, coconut, and plenty of heady spices.

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Instant Pot® Lentil and Rice Soup

Instant Pot Lentil and Rice Soup in a white bowl
Soup Loving Nicole

Using both lemon zest and juice, this basic lentil and rice soup is amped up with a citrusy zing. The flavor of the herb blend, rosemary and thyme, only gets stronger in leftovers, making it an ideal meal prep dish.

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Ven Pongal

Ven Pongal on a black plate
Buckwheat Queen

Recipe creator Mojo describes this meal as a "popular South Indian breakfast dish prepared mainly with rice and lentils. Ideal dish for any time of the day." They recommend serving it with a scoop of spicy chutney.

05 of 07

Curry Red Lentil Soup

Curry Red Lentil Soup

Although this recipe lists red lentils, several reviewers have had success subbing in yellow lentils instead. Using plenty of flavorful veggies, rich coconut milk, and intense spices, it's sure to become a new favorite.

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Vegetarian Palak Moong Dal

Vegetarian Palak Moong Dal in three white bowls
Soup Loving Nicole

Dal, a creamy Indian soup, is the ultimate vegetarian comfort food. Made with decadent ghee, pungent ginger, and a world of spices, all you need is a piece of naan for sopping up the bottom of the bowl.

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Shami Kebab

Shami Kebab on a floral plate
Zainab Pervaiz

Ground chicken and yellow lentils combine to create these toothsome kebabs. The patties are pan-fried until perfectly golden brown, just begging to be served with a dollop of chili sauce for dipping.

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