This dish is very quick to make and a welcome accompaniment for flatbreads. Dal (split mung beans) is quickly cooked with a little turmeric, cinnamon and bay leaf to make a satisfying soupy stew. It can also be served as a dal fry, fried with a little garlic, onion and tomato. Either way, it should come to the table piping hot, an ideal companion for fresh chapatis.
Recipe courtesy of Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid
Save Recipe Print
Total:
1 hr
Prep:
20 min
Cook:
40 min
Yield:
Approximately 3 cups
Level:
Easy

Ingredients

Directions

You will need a medium-sized saucepan, and a large deep skillet or saucepan.

To cook split mung beans, rinse off with cold water and then place in a saucepan with four cups of water, turmeric, bay leaf, and cinnamon. Bring to a boil, then simmer until tender, approximately 20 to 25 minutes. Stir in salt. Serve hot, with a stack of chapatis.

To make Dal Fry:

In another large skillet or saucepan, heat the oil over high heat. Toss in the garlic and onion and cook for 2 minutes. Add the chopped tomatoes and cook for one minute longer, stirring the entire time. Now pour in the cooked mung dal and stir (watch out for spattering as the dal first hits the oil). Cook the dal for 2 to 3 minutes, or if the dal was cold or at room temperature, cook until hot. Serve immediately in individual bowls or in one large bowl.

Best of Food Network 6 Videos

Get the recipe

Giant Chocolate Lava Cake 00:36

Create this cake's lava center by burying ice cream bars in the batter.

IDEAS YOU'LL LOVE

Lentil Soup

Recipe courtesy of Alton Brown

Lentil Soup

Recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis

Lentil Soup with Beef

Recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis

Salmon with Lentils

Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten

Mum's Everyday Red Lentils

Recipe courtesy of Aarti Sequeira

Vegan Lentil Burgers

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Lentil Sausage Soup

Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten

Spicy Lentil Soup

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Rosemary Cornbread Lentil Pot Pie

Recipe courtesy of Katie Lee

Browse Reviews By Keyword