Indian Dal Tacos Recipe - Vegetarian Times

Indian Dal Tacos


Yellow lentils or dal can be found in Indian markets, but orange or brown lentils can also be used here. To make your own Greek-style yogurt, place 2/3 cup low-fat plain yogurt in a paper-towel-lined fine-mesh strainer and set over a bowl. Let stand 12 to 15 minutes, then discard liquid and use yogurt.

  • 4Servings


  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 3/4 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. plus 1/8 tsp. turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp. plus 1/8 tsp. salt, divided
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 2/3 cup yellow split lentils, sorted, rinsed, and drained
  • 1/2 cup plain low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup diced cucumber
  • 1 Tbs. freshly chopped mint
  • 4 6-inch corn or flour tortillas, warmed
  • 1 cup thinly sliced fresh spinach
  • 1 cup mung bean sprouts


Heat nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, and coat with cooking spray. Add onion, and cook 5 minutes, or until softened and starting to brown. Stir in cumin, turmeric, 1/2 tsp. salt, and pepper. Add lentils and 2 1/2 cups water. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer 40 minutes, or until lentils are cooked but still hold their shape. There will be 1 to 2 Tbs. liquid left in pan.

Meanwhile, combine yogurt, cucumber, mint, and remaining 1/8 tsp. salt in bowl.

Fill tortillas with spinach, bean sprouts, and lentil mixture. Drizzle with yogurt mixture or serve on side.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories: 213
  • Carbohydrate Content: 38 g
  • Cholesterol Content: 1 mg
  • Fat Content: 1.5 g
  • Fiber Content: 3 g
  • Protein Content: 14 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 0.5 g
  • Sodium Content: 393 mg
  • Sugar Content: 4 g