Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 45 mins

Dhall is served at almost every meal in India. It is a staple food, there are many versions of this dish. Remember it's not an authentic meal if you serve curry without t he dhall. Here is one of my favourites, very easy to cook.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Wash lentils till the water runs clear.
  2. Drain the lentils.
  3. Place lentils in pan with the water, salt, turmeric, onion, garlic and chillis.
  4. Cook till the lentils are soft and sloppy.
  5. Heat the oil in a separate pan, fry the cumin seeds till they start to pop, add the garlic and cook 30 seconds.
  6. Serve the lentils with the fried garlic and cumin seeds poured over them.
Most Helpful

Simple and delicious! I like a more runny dal so I halved the lentils. I also followed eatrealfood's tip of frying the onion and adding it at the end. Thanks Brian!

HappyBunny May 06, 2009

this is how i make my dal too. except that i don't boil the onion along with the lentils - i saute it till golden brown along with the cumin, chili, and perhaps a cinnamon stick and bayleaf. for a change you can also add mustard seed.

eatrealfood November 07, 2008

Simple, quick dhal recipe! I used a combination of red and black lentils, which worked out well, the black giving it a bit of texture. Next time I think I'd add some mustard seeds along with the cumin seeds. Yum! Thanks Brian H!

AmandaInOz November 06, 2008