Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 30 mins

Dal is one of the most common lentil dishes from India. There are countless variations and I make several kinds. This is my most simple, go-to recipe.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Rinse the lentils several times, then combine the first 6 ingredients (through turmeric) and pressure cook until soft.
  2. In a saucepan, heat oil. Add mustard seeds. When mustard crackles, add cumin seeds and red chillies. Stir for a few seconds.
  3. Now add serrano pepper (deseed if you don't want heat), curry leaves and garlic. Stir until garlic is barely colored.
  4. Now add the cooked lentil mixture, water if needed and bring to a boil.
  5. When dal is boiling, add cumin and salt to taste. Lower heat, cover and simmer for a few minutes.
  6. Take off heat, add cilantro and mix well.
  7. Serve hot with rice or chapati.
Most Helpful

Is this your mom's recipe ? I kinda guessed it . Anyway , it is simple ,highly proteinous,fast cooking.thanks to your mom. Publish many more varieties of indian cuisine please.

viji23649 December 01, 2009