Simply Satisfying Dal

Simply Satisfying Dal

Dal is a popular soup made up of lentils and pulses and is one of the staple foods in South Asian countries (and in our home).  This is my ‘go to’ meal when I am feeling lazy and want a quick easy meal, and the whole family enjoy it.
Recipes can vary for dal and I have been making mine and adapting it for years and it is still varies depending on how spicy I want it or what pulses I have in the cupboard.  If you want to try this version but with different lentils or add more chilli go for it… it will work and still taste delicious.
Here is one I made for lunch today – medium spiced and with red lentils.  Simeon took it to School for his lunch and even his friends were complimenting the smell! You can store it in the fridge for 3 days, so great for taking to work for lunches during the week if you make a big batch.

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Cuisine: Asian, Indian
Keyword: Gluten Free, Soup, Vegan
Servings: 4 people


  • 2 cups red lentils washed
  • 1 tbsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander
  • 1 thumb-size piece ginger grated
  • 1 tbsp oil (I use Olive)
  • 1 onion diced
  • 6 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2 birdeye green chillies chopped
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp garam masala
  • salt to taste
  • coriander to garnish


  • Put 5 cups water in pan and add lentils, turmeric, ground coriander & ginger.
  • Bring to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes being sure to scoop off froth that forms on top.
  • Meanwhile add oil to a separate frying pan & fry onion over a medium heat for 5 minutes.
  • Add garlic, chillies, cumin & garam masala to onion mixture & fry for 2 minutes.
  • When the lentils are cooked, tip the onion mixture into the lentils and give everything a stir.
  • Add salt to taste and garnish with coriander.

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