Sunday 12 February 2012

Nepalese Dhal (Lentil Soup)

Delicious and protein packed dhal with simple aromatic flavours.


6 oz Moong dhal without husk, washed and soaked for 2 hours.
1 pint water
1 teapoon salt
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon fresh ginger paste
1/2 teaspoon fresh garlic paste
3 green chillies cut into slits
2 tablespoons sunflower oil (or clarified butter)
2 tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon  chilli powder
1 tablespoon fresh chopped  coriander
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds


1.Drain the presoaked dhal and place it in a large saucepan, cover with 1 pint water and bring to boil, turn heat down and simmer on low heat till dhal is cooked.
2. Finely chop the tomatoes and puree them  in blender.
3. Add oil or clarified butter in a pan when it is  hot add the cumin seeds and the garlic, saute for a minute , add the ginger and pureed tomatoes and cook for 2-3 minutes.
4. Add the salt, chilli powder, turmeric powder and lemon juice and cook for another 2-3 minutes more.Add this spice mixture to the pre boiled dhal and bring it to boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 3-4  minutes adding a little extra water if needed.
5. Turn off heat and transfer dhal to a serving pot.Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and green chillies.
Serve with boiled rice and pickle.

Recipe Idea from:

Submitting to:
Flavours of Nepal event by guest hosted by Napurs UK Rasoi


  1. love to have this daal , looks so deleicious..

  2. I love lentils and this soup look delicious!!

  3. I love any kind of dal. This looks delicious!! Will try to participate in this event!

  4. Delicious and lovely looking dal. Must have tasted wonderfully yummy.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  5. Never tried daal with tomato puree,I am sure it gives a nice consistency...Looks mouthwatering....

  6. making me drool......feeling so hungry looking at the pics.

  7. moong dal. arre wah this is good.. i would try it next time when i run out of ideas what to cook

  8. looks delicious!!! Happy Valentines day

  9. very delicious dal..very comforting for d weather

  10. Delicious Dal... I guess addition of ginger garlic paste would make a lot of difference to the usual dal I make. would give it a try...

  11. You are becoming a global chef with expertise in just each region we can imagine of! Thanks for organizing such events. :)
    This dal looks simple yet yummy; need to try it. :)

    Ongoing Event: Cakes, Cookies and Desserts

  12. nice dhal!very flavourful...nice recipe.

  13. This sounds so yummy for a cold winter day!


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