Spicy Indian Dahl Recipe

Preparation Time
Difficulty Moderately easy
Occasion General
Recipe Type Curry
Cuisine South Indian

Spicy Indian Dahl which is also often spelled dhal,daal and dal, is essentially a thick lentil soup that is often prepared with ghee or clarified butter, but this recipe uses just a little sesame oil for depth and flavor in place of the ghee. This simple dahl is one of my favorite go-to recipes as it is prepared with all pantry staples, it is easy and quick to prepare, and my friends and family love it.


Ingredient Quantity Calories Fat Cholestrol
Red Lentils 1 cup 700
Ginger 2 tablespoon 66.06
Mustard seed 1 teaspoon 46.9 0.69
Cilantro 2 tablespoon 0.3
Tomato 4 nos 59.84
Onion 3 nos 84 0.21
Jalapeno Pepper 3 nos
Ground cumin 1 tablespoon 8
Ground Coriander 1 tablespoon
Garlic 6 nos 375.48 1.26
Olive Oil 2 tablespoon 457.74 51.84
Water 1 cup 0
Salt 1 as required 0
1798.32 54 0

Preparation Method

  1. 1 Cook the lenTils by bOiling or pressure cooking unTil lenTils are soft. (Pressure cooking is faster.)
  2. 2 In a skillet heat the Oil and add Mustard.
  3. 3 When Mustard begin to flutter, add Onion, Ginger, Jalapeno Peppers, and Garlic.
  4. 4 Saute unTil the Onion and Garlic are golden brown.
  5. 5 Add Coriander Seedss and Cumin. Add chopped Tomatos. Saute the mixture well unTil Tomatos are well cooked.
  6. 6 Add Water. BOil 6 minutes. Add cooked lenTils, stirring well.
  7. 7 Add Salt to taste, stirring well.
  8. 8 Add finely chopped Cilantro and remove from heat.
  9. 9 Serve hot.