Becky Luigart-Stayner; Melanie J. Clarke
9 servings (serving size: 1/4 cup)

This dip tastes best at room temperature. If you can't find red lentils, use brown or green instead.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine first 3 ingredients in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes or until tender. Drain; discard bay leaf. Place lentils in a small bowl.

Step 2

Combine 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, salt, turmeric, paprika, and red pepper in a spice or coffee grinder; process until finely ground.

Step 3

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion; sauté 2 minutes or until tender. Stir in spice mixture, tomato, and garlic; cook 2 minutes or until slightly thick. Remove pan from heat; stir in lentils, lemon juice, and black pepper. Place lentil mixture in a food processor; process until smooth.

Step 4

Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a small sauté pan over medium heat, and add 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds. Sauté seeds for 15 seconds, and drizzle over dal. Sprinkle with fresh mint.

Ratings & Reviews

RahmOrenstein's Review

April 14, 2013
Delicious, nutritious and super easy to make!

foxybee's Review

January 03, 2013
Really great quick dinner!

saracat's Review

March 18, 2010
This recipe was very good, though I thought it was a bit watery, so I would cut down on the water a little next time. I also found it to be a bit bland, but with a bit of curry powder it was perfect.

ilikecurry's Review

March 13, 2010
This was delicious and so quick to make. I never knew daal cooked so quickly because most recipes i follow said to cook much longer. I added much more garlic - i used about 4 cloves and also used some ginger. I skipped blending the spices and used mostly ground spiced. I also added curry powder, mustard seeds and coriander. Oh and chopped carrots too. It turned out great. Thanks for the recipe.

uberchef's Review

May 02, 2009
Excellent. Didn't bother blending and used pre-ground cumin, as did another reviewer. I did cook longer than recommended so ensure that it was nice and soft. Turns out wonderfully each time.