Indian Lentil Soup (Dal Shorva)

Total Time
Prep 1 min
Cook 35 mins

An inexpensive, easy-to-make and delicious soup. This slightly modified recipe stems from Mumtaz Khan at Mumtaz Paan House in Bradford, England. Mung beans is the exquisite choice, but red or yellow lentils also make a delicious result (green lentils are not recommended). The chicken stock can be replaced with vegetable stock for a vegetarian variety. This recipe can also be made with less liquid and served as a stew.¨ Improvement, a little off tradition, but works even better: 1) Fry the lentils/beans for a few seconds in ghee before adding the spices and liquid. 2) Add just a little tomato purée (1 tsp) to the soup. 3) Add one diced potato together with the lentils/beans.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Rinse the beans or lentils.
  2. Bring to a boil with the stock, turmeric, Cayenne, cumin, cardamom and curry/bay leaves.
  3. Let simmer until the beans or lentils are very soft (ca 30 minutes).
  4. If using bay leaves, remove them now. Curry leaves can be left in the soup.
  5. Run the soup quickly in a blender to a not too smooth consistency (or mash the lentils/beans with a ladle).
  6. Sautee the garlic and mustard seeds lightly in the fat and add to the soup.
  7. Let simmer for another 5 minutes.
  8. Add salt, pepper and squeezed lemon to taste.
  9. Serve hot with pita or paratha bread.
Most Helpful

this is a fantastic recipe and is utterly delicious. ive made it many times for the family and they all love it.

t_michalak December 10, 2007

I've made this soup twice and love it. I have to add my own touch to everything, so a chopped sauteed sweet onion was added, 2 diced carrots, some chopped celery. I always double the recipe so I can eat it the next day or freeze any left over. there rarely is.

Steve P. September 10, 2014

I made a profile here just to review this recipe. It is brilliant. I've made it both ways; with the recommended amount of liquid and with about four cups of stock and preferred it with less as it makes it more filling feeling. This is a new lifetime recipe for me.

Meg.regan May 21, 2013