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Yellow Lentil Dal

In India, dal is the term used for all dried legumes, but it has also come to refer to a simple, nourishing stew-like preparation served with rice or flat bread. This recipe can be made with any type of lentil, just increase the cooking time 10 to 15 minutes if using black or green lentils.



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2 Tbs. canola oil
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3 tsp. whole cumin seeds
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2 tsp. red pepper flakes
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1 medium onion, diced (1 ½ cups)
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2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp.)
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1 tsp. salt
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1 ½ cups yellow lentils, sorted and rinsed
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2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
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1 tsp. ground turmeric


1. Heat oil in saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir in cumin and red pepper flakes, and sauté 1 minute. Add onion, garlic, and salt, and sauté 1 minute more.

2. Add lentils, vegetable broth, 2 cups water, and turmeric. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 25 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed.

Nutrition Information: 

13 g
Total Fat: 
6 g
Saturated Fat: 
<1 g
35 g
0 mg
442 mg
7 g
3 g
Serves 6

Comments on this Recipe

Try adding in some veggies (frozen or not) to get some extra nutrients!!

I've tried a lot of dal recipes, and this one tastes the most like my favorite restaurant dal. Plus it's so easy, and the ingredient list is short and simple. This is on heavy rotation in our house.

OK, it was great..... I only changed the recipe by adding Jalapeno chopped and seeded... I used organic vegetable broth and made Basmati rice. I will use this recipe again.. Next time I will try this with a white fish, no rice, and for a vegetable I will saute some kale.... Try this

This recipe surprised me. My 2 and 4 year-olds ate it up, and asked for seconds! I love easy, good, wholesome recipes like this that my kids love too.

I too have tried a couple other dal recipes and this one is by far the best! I doubled the recipe and had to increase the cooking time to about 45 min. I had leftovers that were even better the next day! The only other change I made was to use ghee instead of oil. Yum!!

Very easy to prepare, and delicious to eat, and healthy!

This is the best Dal recipe. To change it up a bit, I'll sometimes add a variety of other beans and/or wild rice/quinoa to it. Makes for an incredibly hardy dish.

This recipe should be updated to include 2 cups of water in the list of ingredients. I missed the instruction to add the water in Step 2 because it wasn't on the ingredients list. I only added the vegetable broth, and this burned so badly! People who make this recipe - please take note!

This recipe needs to be re-written. Nothing in here about how long to cook the onions, and you have to look in the comments section to find the mistake about the water.