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Dal Soup

Spice Islands®

Dal Soup


  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

8 servings


2 quarts water

1-1/2 tablespoons Spice Islands® Turmeric

1 tablespoon Spice Islands® Ground Coriander

2 Spice Islands® Bay Leaves

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 teaspoon Spice Islands® Cayenne Pepper

2-3/4 cups (about 1 pound) lentils, washed

1/4 cup Mazola® Pure Olive Oil

1 large onion, chopped

1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger

1/2 teaspoon Spice Islands® Ground Cumin

1/2 teaspoon Spice Islands® Whole Mustard Seed

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon salt

1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro OR mint leaves

Lemon wedges for garnish


Combine water, turmeric, coriander, bay leaves, garlic and cayenne pepper in a large stock pot and bring to a boil.  Add lentils, reduce heat, cover and simmer until tender, stirring occasionally, about 45 minutes.

Heat oil in a heavy large skillet over medium heat.  Add onion, ginger, cumin and mustard seeds.  Cook until onion begins to brown, stirring often, about 10 minutes.  Mix in lemon juice.  Stir onion mixture into lentils.  Add salt.  Ladle soup into bowls and sprinkle with cilantro or mint.  Serve with lemon wedges.  Garnish each bowl with a dollop of plain yogurt, if desired.

Recipe tip:  If soup is thin, simmer until reduced to desired consistency.

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