Black Magic (Black Lentils & Soybean Dal)

READY IN: 30mins
Recipe by Mini Ravindran

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

Top Review by Al Al

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!

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.

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