Yummy Indian Dhal Recipe

On nights when I have no idea what to cook, this recipe for Indian style lentils has become my faithful standby. My Mother-in-Law taught me how to make it, and I’ll always be grateful! It’s quick and simple to make, and always turns out great – well, except for that one time when I forgot I was using red chili powder from India (instead of the kind I was used to from our grocery store) and it was so spicy we had smoke coming out of our ears! So hopefully you won’t make that mistake!

  • 1 cup of lentils (yellow split peas – washed and drained)
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp sambar powder
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp. garlic paste
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp. ginger paste
  • 2 small tomatoes, chopped
  • 1-2 green chilies -split in half
  • salt to taste

Fry the following ingredients in a small amount of oil in a separate skillet & keep aside:

  • 3-4 dried red chilies
  • 1 tsp. mustard seeds
  • 1-2 curry leaves

Mix all of the above ingredients in a pressure cooker.* Cover with water. Seal pressure cooker and boil on high heat until you hear two “whistles.” (about 5-7 min). Allow the pressure cooker to cool off completely before opening it.** Add some water (to bring to desired consistency) and bring to a boil with the lid removed.

Add the fried spices to the dhal mixture and stir. Serve over rice. Tastes great with ghee and mango pickle!

*If you don’t have a pressure cooker, boil the ingredients until the lentils become soft.

**Make sure to follow the directions that came on for your specific pressure cooker.

6 thoughts on “Yummy Indian Dhal Recipe

  1. Sonya

    delicious! we tried this out yesterday and it turned out really well. it’s definitely getting added to my list of stand-by dinner ideas. thanks for the recipe :)

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