Photo: Karry Hosford
5 servings (serving size: 1 cup)

Dal, the seasoned and often puréed lentil dish, is served with all traditional Indian meals. It's the either spooned over rice or used as sauce for dipping breads. You can also thin the dal with low-sodium chicken broth or low-fat yogurt to serve as a soup.

How to Make It

Step 1

Place lentils and turmeric in a large saucepan; cover with 4 cups water. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add tomato; cook for 5 minutes or until lentils are tender. Stir in salt; keep warm.

Step 2

Heat the vegetable oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add cumin seeds and garlic; cook 2 minutes or until garlic is golden, stirring constantly. Stir in the red pepper, and remove from heat. Pour oil mixture over lentils, and stir in 2 tablespoons cilantro. Spoon the dal into individual bowls, and sprinkle with the remaining cilantro and the lemon juice.

Ratings & Reviews

CherCooks411's Review

May 17, 2011
This recipe has become a go-to favorite. I find myself craving it! Fairly quick, very easy, and packs a nutritional punch.

jds317's Review

November 07, 2010
This dal was OK -- not as good as Indian restaurant but an enjoyable side dish or lunch. As with some other reviewers, I used canned tomatoes, less water, and a bit more garlic. I pureed mine before serving so the consistency was closer to that of restaurant dal.

Somelikeithot's Review

August 08, 2009
Yum! We make this regularly and it is always good!