Dhaal (Indian Lentil Soup)

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 12
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 163.7
  • Total Fat: 8.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 21.8 mg
  • Sodium: 13.1 mg
  • Total Carbs: 16.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 5.4 g
  • Protein: 7.0 g

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A traditional Indian lentil soup, this dish is bursting with flavor and fiber. A traditional Indian lentil soup, this dish is bursting with flavor and fiber.
Number of Servings: 12


    2 cups brown lentils
    1 cup black lentils
    1 cup red lentils
    1 stick butter, unsalted
    1 head garlic ground and an equal amount of ginger
    3-5 Tbsp Garam masala (an Indian spice)
    1 cup whole milk


Soak brown and black lentils overnight.
Rinse lentils and put in a large sauce pot. Add red lentils, cover with water, bring to a boil, then simmer.
Finely chop or grind a head of garlic and an equal amount of ginger. Mix with Garam Masala.
In a saute pan, melt butter, add spice mixture, and cook over medium flame, stirring constantly, until it browns.
Mix browned spice mixture into lentils and continue to simmer 30-40 minutes. Add Milk.
Continue to simmer another 20 minutes or until lentils reach the desired firmness. Some should be falling appart while others should still be slightly crunchy.
Serve with rice or naan or pita.

Number of Servings: 12

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user SOON_2B_SKINNY.

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Just like the rating indicates, this soup is incredible! So authentic! I used all 5 tbls of garam masala and added freshly minced cilantro - perfect complements. Will add this to my menus regularly. It's just THAT GOOD!! - 9/29/07

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  • really enjoyed this - 3/29/13

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  • It would be helpful to know the serving size by volume... (e.g. one cup) - 1/2/13

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  • I was so disappointed. I expected a rich, deeply satisfying soup, but this was not it. I added some salt to my dish, and it helped a bit. I made it exactly according to the recipe. Maybe I didn't saute the seasonings long enough? - 7/7/09

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  • i found the stick of butter unnecessary. it still tastes the same without it - 1/6/08

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