Masoor Daal- Red Lentil Soup

Daal, or Lentils is a another favorite in India and Pakistan. Lentils are a part of the legume family. They are easy to make, and pretty cheap to buy. Since lentils are high in protein, they tend to be a favorite dish among vegetarians. Back before we had our daughter, and were poor young 20somethings, we would eat this almost every night for dinner. Honestly, I could eat this as often as I like and not get sick of it. It sure beats Kraft and Ramen!

Red Lentil Soup
Serves: 2-3 Prep: 5 minutes Cook time:~35-40 minutes

~1 cup Masoor dal (Red Lentils)
~1/4 teaspoon tumeric
~1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
~1/4 stick cinnamon
~1 teaspoon salt
~1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
~1 teaspoon cumin powder
~1/2 onion diced

~Fresh Cilantro, optional

1.) Place first seven ingredients, together in a medium saucepan.

2.) Fill the pot with water just 1-2 inches above the mixture. (Edit ~ 4cups of water)

3.) Bring the pot to a boil, and then decrease heat to a low simmer

4.) Cover & cook until the lentils are soft and tender, and have a porridge like consistency. This takes me about 35-40 minutes.

5.) Meanwhile, lightly brown the diced onions with oil, in a small pan.

6.) After lentils have cooked, add the cooked onions to the lentil soup. Cook for one-two minutes.

7.) Salt the lentil soup to taste and garnish with chopped cilantro. Serve with Basmati Rice.



Danielle  – (April 16, 2010 at 2:37 PM)  

Definitely adding this recipe to my book! Thanks for posting!

A New Life  – (April 16, 2010 at 11:03 PM)  

Aww. I hope you like it Danielle. :-)

Danielle  – (April 29, 2010 at 9:00 AM)  

BTW, I'm making this tonight! Will let you know how it turns out :-)

Danielle  – (June 30, 2010 at 12:50 PM)  

Would love to write an awesome review of this recipe on my blog (linked to yours, of course) if I have permission! Us vegans love our lentils!!

Aisha Hoffman  – (June 30, 2010 at 4:52 PM)  

I would be honored. I love lentils, and this is only one of many lentil recipes. I can't wait to share more!


Vegan Piggy  – (July 5, 2010 at 11:15 AM)  

I'm making this tonight :) Can't wait to try it!

Anonymous –   – (August 18, 2010 at 5:30 PM)  

Im making now but only had green lentils, it's been over an hour & it's still pretty watery. The lentils r a little puffy, but not porrige, help! I feel like I should mash it? Still tastes great, just not thick. Thanks, Kim

Aisha  – (August 24, 2010 at 4:35 PM)  

I am sorry for the late reply. I've had family in town.

Next time you make lentils, try reducing the water amount to 3 1/4 cups. That should help! :-)


Anonymous –   – (October 4, 2010 at 5:23 PM)  

On the stove as we speak! I love a good lentil recipe and can't wait to try it! I also love tht it's easy since I always have to make separate meals for my picky boys!

Anonymous –   – (December 4, 2010 at 9:12 AM)  

hey Aisha,
My mom makes delicious lentil soup(it's also traditonal here in Turkey like it is in ─░ndian culture), I'm cooking this at the moment(I'm a 'Gastronomy and Culinary Arts' student), she said she also adds rice in the soup but I replied this is served on a bed of rice, she liked the idea:)

In Krista's Kitchen  – (December 4, 2010 at 10:05 AM)  

This looks fantastic! I'm at work right now and my stomach is twisted in knots from hunger, but when I get out of here I will be eating this as soon as possible. What a delicious blend of ingredients, and I already have everything at home!

Alex –   – (June 26, 2011 at 11:17 AM)  

Stumbled on this recipe many months ago and it has become a staple since. So simple, I like to mix mine with a little brown rice and lots of chopped cilantro. The cilantro is essential! There's something very calming and cleansing about this soup. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe.

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