Dahl (Indian Vegetarian Lentils)

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 4
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 94.7
  • Total Fat: 3.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 7.6 mg
  • Sodium: 62.0 mg
  • Total Carbs: 12.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 4.4 g
  • Protein: 4.9 g

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This recipe is terrific when served over Basmati rice. This recipe is terrific when served over Basmati rice.
Number of Servings: 4


    1 cup lentils
    2-1/2 cups water
    1/2 tsp turmeric
    2 whole cloves
    1 small onion, finely chopped
    1 tbsp ghee (or butter or olive oil instead)
    1 tsp cumin seeds
    2 cloves garlic, crushed


Rinse lentils and soak them in water for 2 hours.
Drain and transfer to saucepan and add water, salt and turmeric.
Bring to boil, reduce heat, cover and cook for 20 minutes, until lentils are tender.
Add finely chopped onion and stir well.
Cook until mixture has thickened.
Heat butter in small frying pan, add cumin seeds, cloves and crushed garlic.
Stir-fry for a few minutes until the seeds pop and garlic is golden brown.
Pour into lentils and stir well.
Serve over rice.

Number of Servings: 4

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user S5RUSSEL.

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  • Incredible!
    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
    I had this the other nite and it was delicious served over rice, next time I will double the spices. - 2/13/09

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  • 6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    This is a great simple recipe for dal, but be warned the cals are off because the database is for a cup of cooked lentils, so 1 cup dried = 2-3cups cooked. - 5/26/12

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  • Good
    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    This was good, but, I guess I expected it to be "spicier! Next time I will 2x the spices. - 11/10/08

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  • Very Good
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    I redid the nutrition using dried lentils and it's 117.3 cals, 3.1g fat, carbs 22.4g, fiber 11.5g, and protien 10.4g
    Also, added hot curry powder and served with Naan and rice (with peas)
    - 5/31/13

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  • 5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    No cloves but add cardomom, cumin, coriander, hot pepper flakes as if making curry. - 6/8/11

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