Homestyle Indian Dal Recipe


Serve with Chapatis (Indian bread) or over basmati rice.

Step 1

Cook lentils and turmeric in water until lentils are completely soft. About 40 minutes.

Step 2

Meanwhile, saute onions, chilis, ginger, and garlic. When soft, add diced tomatoes. Continue cooking until mixture appears homogenous.

Step 3

Add onion-tomato mixture to lentils. While over low flame, add corainder leaf.

Step 4

In a small pan, heat oil. Toast mustard seed and cumin seed in oil until fragrant. Add to lentil mixture.

Step 5

Serve dal hot over rice or as side dish.

Things You'll Need

  • 1cup red lentils
  • 4cups of water
  • Salt to taste
  • 2tsp Turmeric
  • 2large onions
  • 2green chilis
  • 1tsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 2cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 4medium tomatoes, diced
  • 1/8cup chopped coriander leaf (cilantro)
  • 2tsp whole mustard seed
  • 1tsp whole cumin seed
  • 2tsp vegetable oil

About this Author

Mahjabeen Manji an member who donated this recipe.