42 Reviews

This recipe makes the best Dal I've had at home ever... and it's so authentic! It reminds me of the Dal I used to have at my best friend's place during my school days. The only possible change I'd make is to increase the amount of red peppers for a little more 'heat'. Also, you can omit the rice, and drink this as a wonderful lentil soup. It's great for when you have a really bad cold, and need something to warm you up. Thanks for sharing this one... I'm sooo gonna make it over and over!

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Anu February 22, 2002

LOVED THIS RECIPE! The first time I made this, I thought it was a little bland. Last night, I made it again but used beef stock instead of water and added 1 tsp of garam masala. It ended up better than I'd get at a restaurant!

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emmieawards January 14, 2009

I made this as written except for using ground cumin and some extra cilantro (can't help myself), and this was really excellent. It's so healthy, too! I know I'm really slow cutting up veggies, but the prep time definitely took me more than 5 minutes, but it was still more than worth it for the final results. So flavorful and hearty and one that I will make again! Thank you for sharing this great recipe.

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Maggie, Cooking June 23, 2008

Garam Masala was essential. It was lacking something without it, I also used fresh jalepenos. I served coriander chutney available on the side as well and I made home made naan to go with it. I also used yellow split peas instead of lentils a little less lime juice and after everything was suatee'd I threw it in the crock pot.

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Leisah December 06, 2006

Terrific recipe! I followed other peoples suggestions and used broth instead of water and added a teaspoon of garam Marsala. Excellent! I made it for a dinner party and had to share the recipe with everyone. This digs was. A hit!

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Hillery M. May 04, 2014

This was my first time making Dhal, although it's one of my favorite Indian dishes. This recipe is easy to follow with simple ingredients which are easy to find at most grocery stores. I made one change: I used vegetable broth instead of water and I think it helped add to the flavor of the dish. Warning: this dish is mild, as it's supposed to be. It's great served with a spicy main (I served it with a very hot chicken tikka masala & some rice). Over-all good but I think I will add more cauliflower next time.

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carekick July 28, 2013

The flavor was excellent. I couldn't get my lentils to cook down (too old? I bought them the same day as I made the soup!) I will likely try the recipe again with another kind of lentils. I also added some chopped carrots and celery and some garam marsala.

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Kelly-Mom2Girls February 29, 2012

Excellent recipe! I have made it twice. The second attempt, I added 2 carrots, doubled the spices and added 1 T cayenne pepper for more 'kick'.

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tocfdx July 10, 2010

I loved this. I threw in a lot of red pepper flakes to give it some kick. I have little cooking talent, and it still turned out great.

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mdsoon May 28, 2010

Pretty bland, but that may be the fault of six cups of rice. The flavor may have been diluted for having to spread across so much starch. Regardless, if I make this again, I will likely tinker with the seasoning quantities and use a LOT less rice.

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spurfer December 21, 2009
Lentil Dal