Indian dal is a classic, soup-like vegetarian comfort food with rich and spicy flavors from cayenne, cumin, and turmeric. This recipe uses small yellow lentils called moon dal.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
2 hrs 5 mins
additional:
5 mins
total:
2 hrs 25 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
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Directions

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  • Rinse dal in a colander until water runs clear. Add to a large pot with water and bring to a full boil, about 5 minutes. Skim off any foam that forms, reduce heat, and add coriander, ginger, turmeric, and ghee. Boil gently for 2 hours.

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  • Season soup with salt and red pepper flakes. Remove from heat and puree using a stick blender. Add spinach and return to a gentle boil over low heat.

  • Meanwhile, heat ghee in a small saucepan over high heat. Add cumin seeds and fry until brown, about 30 seconds. Turn off heat and immediately add cayenne pepper. Pour fried spices into the soup, cover, and let soak for about 5 minutes. Add lemon juice, stir, and serve.

Nutrition Facts

243 calories; protein 15.5g 31% DV; carbohydrates 34.1g 11% DV; fat 5.8g 9% DV; cholesterol 11.8mg 4% DV; sodium 1052.3mg 42% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 4 stars
04/06/2019
After reading the recipe over several times I decided on one change. Instead of 13 cups of water I used 8 cups of vegetable stock and only 5 cups of water and that was a good decision in my opinion. Maybe not but I feel it would have been on the bland side with only water. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/02/2020
This was very tasty but I made the mistake of cooking the yellow lentils in the rice cooker. An old one. They were hard and dry so after adding more liquid and time the result was basically a mush so I just added the vegetable and some vegetable broth (any kind would do) and in the end....tasty. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/06/2019
After reading the recipe over several times I decided on one change. Instead of 13 cups of water I used 8 cups of vegetable stock and only 5 cups of water and that was a good decision in my opinion. Maybe not but I feel it would have been on the bland side with only water. Read More
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