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an easy and tasty lentil recipe. cheap and quick! it's quite hot so i like it served with rice and a green vegetable.

Time: 60 minutes


  • put the lentils , turmeric and stock in a saucepan and bring it to the boil
  • then reduce the heat and simmer , uncovered , for 20 minutes
  • most of the liquid should be absorbed
  • in the meantime , melt the margarine in a saucepan and add the onion , yellow pepper , garlic , chili powder , cumin , salt and pepper to taste
  • fry until the onion is soft and starting to brown
  • take out the garlic and add the cooked lentils
  • reduce the heat and simmer gently for about 5 minutes or so

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Number Of Ingredients: 9


  1. lentils
  2. vegetable stock
  3. turmeric
  4. margarine
  5. onion
  6. yellow pepper
  7. garlic cloves
  8. chili powder
  9. ground cumin


A spicy Indian lentil soup that can be enjoyed with rice or Naan, the Indian bread. A very healthy dish.

Recipe From

Provided by Rachel

Yield 6


  • Cook the lentils by boiling or pressure cooking until lentils are soft. (Pressure cooking is faster.)
  • In a skillet heat the oil and add mustard seeds. When mustard seeds begin to flutter, add onions, ginger, jalapeno peppers, and garlic. Saute until the onions and garlic are golden brown. Add coriander and cumin. Add chopped tomatoes. Saute the mixture well until tomatoes are well cooked.
  • Add water. Boil 6 minutes. Add cooked lentils, stirring well. Add salt to taste, stirring well. Add finely chopped cilantro and remove from heat. Serve hot.


Recipe From

Provided by Food Network

Time 50m

Yield 4 to 6 servings


  • In a large pot, heat the ghee and stir-fry the onions just until wilted, do not brown. Add the garlic, jalapeno, cumin, lentils, ginger, curry powder, salt, pepper, sugar and bay leaf. Saute for 1 to 2 minutes, until the herbs and spices bloom (aromatic). Add the tomatoes and deglaze with the vinegar. Add the chicken stock, bring to a boil and then lower to a simmer and cook until lentils are tender, stirring occasionally. Taste and adjust seasoning with cumin, salt, pepper and sugar.
  • In a large saute pan, combine the black peppercorns, cloves, cardamom seeds, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, cinnamon sticks, and dried red chiles. Over medium heat, cook just until slightly toasted, stirring constantly. Turn off heat and stir in the grated nutmeg.
  • Transfer to a food processor and grind to a fine powder. Pass through a fine strainer. Allow to cool to room temperature. Store in an airtight jar. Use as needed.

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Number Of Ingredients: 23


  • 1/4 cup ghee or clarified butter
  • 1 1/2 cups diced onions
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, cored, seeded and minced
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds, toasted and crushed
  • 2 cups orange lentils
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced ginger
  • 2 tablespoons Garam Masala, recipe follows
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3/4 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 8 cups chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
  • 1/2 tablespoon whole cloves
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1/2 teaspoon cardamom seeds
  • 3 tablespoons cumin seeds
  • 3 tablespoons coriander seeds
  • Four 3-inch cinnamon sticks
  • 1/4 cup dried red chiles
  • 1/2 tablespoon freshly grated nutmeg


What I have come to understand is that how food looks as you prepare it can make as much difference to the cook as it does, on the plate, to the person who gets to eat it. When the skies are drab and life feels a little gray, I am absurdly cheered by the fresh brightness of a vibrantly orange dal, a red lentil stew spiced with turmeric, chili and ginger, and colored with sweet potatoes and tomatoes. Just seeing that mixture in the pan lifts my spirits. It helps that a dal is simple to make: a bit of chopping and the stew all but cooks itself. And it can be made in advance and then reheated, always a bonus. This dal makes a wonderful, exuberant partner to broiled salmon, but I love it without meat, too, when I partner it with my "bright rice."

Recipe From

Provided by Nigella Lawson

Time 45m

Yield 4 to 6 servings


  • In a large saucepan over medium-low heat, heat oil, and sauté onion until softened. Add sweet potato, and sauté for about 5 minutes. Add minced ginger and garlic; stir, and reduce heat to low.
  • Finely dice chili, keeping seeds if you wish to add more heat. Add chili, lentils, coriander, cumin, turmeric and ground ginger to pan. Stir until lentils are well coated with oil. Add tomatoes and 4 cups water. Raise heat to bring to a boil, then reduce heat until mixture is at a fast simmer. Cook uncovered until lentils and potatoes are soft, stirring occasionally, about 25 minutes.
  • Season to taste with salt, and continue to simmer until mixture has thickened, about 10 minutes. Whisk dal to amalgamate lentils and sweet potatoes. If dal is too soupy, increase heat and cook for a little longer.
  • To serve, place dal in a serving bowl and sprinkle with chopped cilantro. If desired, shave thin strips of fresh coconut on top. Serve hot.

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Number Of Ingredients: 15


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 1/2 cups (10 ounces, about 1 medium) finely diced sweet potato
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Thai or bird's-eye red chili
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup canned chopped tomatoes
  • Salt
  • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • Pieces of coconut flesh from a fresh coconut (optional)


This is a delicious Indian lentil soup with spicy red onions!

Recipe From

Provided by Melanie Booth

Time 1h25m

Yield 6


  • Bring lentils, water, and ginger to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes. Skim off and discard any scum that forms, then stir in the salt, ginger and turmeric, and simmer until the lentils are tender, about 1 hour more.
  • Meanwhile, melt ghee in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in onions and garlic. Cook and stir until the onions are soft and beginning to brown, about 10 minutes. Add the coriander, cumin, cayenne pepper, and cilantro. Cook and stir for 2 minutes more, then set aside. Once the lentils are done, discard the ginger slices, stir in the onion mixture and ladle into bowls to serve.

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Number Of Ingredients: 12


  • 2 cups red lentils
  • 7 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 thin slices ginger
  • 1 pinch ground dried turmeric
  • ⅓ cup ghee (clarified butter)
  • 2 red onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 dash cayenne pepper
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro


Julie Sahni, an Indian cooking teacher, cookbook author and chef, says that in much of Indian cooking, the less you fuss with beans, the better they cook. This recipe, for spiced split chickpeas, calls for a mathani, a sort of hand blender, but if you don't have one and don't want to buy one, a potato masher will do the trick.

Recipe From

Provided by Mark Bittman

Time 1h

Yield About 4 servings


  • Combine the chana dal, turmeric, cardamom, bay leaf, salt and 4 cups water in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Adjust the heat so the mixture bubbles gently, cover partly and cook for 40 minutes. At that point, the mixture should still be quite moist; if it is not, add 1 cup additional water and continue cooking, covered, until the dal is tender, about 20 minutes; turn off the heat. Remove the bay leaf. Use an Indian mathani (see related article) to purée the dal for about 1 minute; the dal should be saucy but not soupy.
  • To make the tadka, put the oil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the cloves; let sizzle for about 30 seconds until fragrant. Add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until medium brown. Stir in the chili flakes if you're using them, and turn off the heat.
  • Pour the tadka into the dal; stir gently to combine. Garnish with cilantro and serve.

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Number Of Ingredients: 10


  • 1 cup split chickpeas (chana dal)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 bay leaf, preferably Indian
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower orsafflower oil
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 4 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon crushed-red-chile flakes (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons freshly chopped cilantro

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