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Wholesome Dal recipe – Easy peasy cooking

Food is considered medicine in India. The dish you make is like a magic potion and the ingredients help you balance your mind, body & soul. I have learnt to love cooking and I have some firm favourites that I fall back on when I want something simple & wholesome. As I cannot share the food, I will share the recipes with you.

Protein rich lentils

Did you know the lentils used for Dal varies regionally.
The recipe for how you cook varies regionally too.


  • Red lentils Dal – 2 cups
  • Onions (chopped) – 1 or 2
  • Garlic (chopped) – 3 cloves per cup of Dal or so
  • Turmeric – half a teaspoon
  • Oil to fry

Optional ingredients:

  • Tomatoes (chopped) – 2 or 3 ripe
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tablespoon
  • Star Anise – 2
  • Bay leaves – 2
  • Cloves – 4
  • Cardamom – 2
  • Dried red chillies or fresh green chillies – 2 (if you want spice)
  • Salt as per taste

These ingredients are optional and use what you have. Adjust as per your taste.

Step by step instructions:

Part 1:

  • Soak the lentils in warm water for at least 15 minutes before cooking.
  • While it’s soaking, gently fry the cumin, star anise, bay leaves & cloves in a deep pan with oil.
  • When it’s slightly brown, add in the onions and garlic.
  • Fry till the smell makes you hungry and the onions turn brown.
  • Add the red chillies or green chillies and keep frying for a minute longer.
  • If you have tomatoes, add them in now. Fry till it goes a bit soft.

Part 2:

  • Add in the soaked lentils into the pan.
  • Add water. The water is generally double the quantity of lentils plus a little bit more.
  • Add the turmeric and salt to taste.
  • Let it cook. 
  • If you have a pressure cooker, then cook it all together.
  • Cook till the lentils are soft and mushy. Its mushy when you can’t see the individual lentil grains

Serve with rice or with chapati. Or if it you add a little more water, you can serve it as a soup.

Let me know how you get on. 

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