Black Magic (Black Lentils & Soybean Dal)

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins

Tasty and nutritious dal that stirs up magic on your table and in your mouth

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Put soaked lentils and soyabeans in a cooker with 4 cups of water.
  2. Add salt, turmeric powder and onions along.
  3. Pressure cook for 18-20 minutes on medium heat.
  4. If you do not use a pressure cooker then you have to wait till the ingredients turn absolutely tender and may have to increase the quantity of water in the pot.
  5. This will take a longer time.
  6. Meanwhile take a pan and melt the butter.
  7. Add garlic and brown the same.
  8. Add all the remaining spices and turn the heat off.
  9. Open the cooker and mash dal gently.
  10. Transfer the same to the pan.
  11. Add some water if the consistency is too thick.
  12. Take care that it does not turn too watery.
  13. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves.
  14. Serve warm with a dash of fresh cream.
  15. This goes well with steamed white rice and Indian breads.


Most Helpful

This was a delicious dinner for our family. I followed all the ingredients as stated, but had to make some adjustments with the cooking as I found the recipe two hours before dinner. :) I soaked the lentils in hot water for about 45 minutes, and used canned black-eyed peas. I cooked the lentils in my large skillet, covered, with only two cups of water, and after they were pretty much cooked, I added the beans and cooked a bit longer. It probably only took half an hour to cook despite not using a pressure cooker. We didn't have cream, but topped it with yogurt and chili sauce... YUM! Thanks for posting!

Al Al February 22, 2007

Excellent recipe, I had run out out of black eyed beans so I used kidney beans(rajma) instead and the result was equally tasty. Fill definetly be having this more often. thanks

jaideepm December 21, 2005

A very hearty and flavorful dish. I also used the dry black-eyed peas. Since I don`t own a pressure cooker, I used just a big pot on the stove, and it didn`t take that long anyway. Thanks for sharing this recipe, Mini R.!! I will defenitely make this again for DH and myself!

silly sally April 21, 2005

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