Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 30 mins

Dhal is an easy tasty dish to make. If this is the first time you have eaten Dhal you might like to serve it with another Indian dish. You can eat Dhal with boiled rice, Indian breads or just by itself. This is a great budget stretcher.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Wash lentils thoroughly, removing those that float on the surface.
  2. Drain well.
  3. Heat ghee or oil and fry onion, garlic and ginger until onion is golden.
  4. Add turmeric and stir well.
  5. Add drained lentils and fry for 1-2 minutes.
  6. Add water, lower heat, cover and cook for 15 minutes.
  7. Add salt to taste, mix thoroughly and continue cooking until lentils are soft and the consistency is thick, similar to porridge.
  8. Serve Dhal plain or garnish with sliced onion, fried until golden brown.


Most Helpful

This is one of my favourites when I'm in mood for simple good food. I've made this before too using 1 small cinnamon stick(about 1 tsp) and 1/2 tsp cumin seeds instead of the ginger and garlic. Also, I've used just 3 cups of water instead of 4 and 1 tsp. oil instead of 1 1/2 tbsp. I like this soup garnished with lots of corriander leaves. This really goes great with hot steamed white rice and some low-fat yogurt!

Charishma_Ramchandani July 11, 2002

I found this recipe very bland. I pumped it up with cumin and red pepper flakes. I think it is a good base for whatever flavors you want to add.

swiz58 December 03, 2006

Hi Chrissy, thanks for this tasty recipe with its short ingredient list and easy to follow instructions. I made up a batch to take for lunches this week and sprinkled some sauteed mushrooms and green onions on the top. Yummy! And even yummier the next day! Next time might add a bit of chili powder.

oloschiavo November 15, 2006

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