Simple Dal

Dal, usually made with cooked and mashed lentils, is a staple in the Indian diet. Made with a variety of lentils, it’s a very important protein source in a vegetarian diet. As in most Indian foods, the dal is also personalized to each person’s taste patterns. The most famous Indian dal is a Dal Makhani made with black lentils, mashed and made rich with the addition of cream and/or butter.

A simpler dal is one made of yellow lentils or moong dal. Here’s a very simple dal that we make for breakfast almost every morning to get that much-needed protein boost. We add vegetables too, but you can skip that if you’d like.

Simple Dal
(serves 2)

2 tbsp Split Yellow Lentils (Moong Dal)
1 – 1 1/2 cups Water (depending on how watery you want the dal)
Salt, as needed

1/2 Carrot, chopped fine
1 Tomato, chopped fine
1 Green Chilli, chopped fine
5-6 pieces Green Beans, chopped fine
1 Onion, chopped fine

For tempering:
1 pinch Mustard Seeds
1 pinch Cumin Seeds

Cilantro, chopped, for garnish.

Heat 2 tsp of oil in a pan. When hot, add the ingredients for tempering. When the mustard begins to pop, add the veggies and stir fry for a couple of minutes. Add the water, salt and the lentils and let it come to a boil. When the lentils are cooked through, remove from the stove.

Garnish with chopped cilantro. Serve with idlis, dosas or as a lentil soup for a healthy, satisfying meal.

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13 Comments Add yours

  1. Priya says:

    Dal looks very inviting..lovely colour…


  2. Bharti says:

    You make Dal for breakfast everyday? Wow. I love this simple dal as well but never add veggies to it..will try it next time.


  3. Red Chillies says:

    We love Daal and have it everyday too. Daal in the morning? Now that is something new 🙂


  4. Its so quick and the idea of having it in the morning sounds filling…


  5. Madhu says:

    Simple, tasty and comforting. I can have this any time. Looks good Anu.


  6. Sunshinemom says:

    Inviting dal. Good idea to have it in the morning – a simple dal can be served soupish too! My Mother too adds veggies sometimes!


  7. Arundathi says:

    <>Priya – ThanksBharti – Yup, it hardly takes any time plus its so healthy and filling.Red Chillies – It gives you a great protein-rich start to the dayRamya – Yup, it is.Madhu – ThanksSunshinemom – that’s what i do – have it like a soup – so delicious!<>


  8. Curry Leaf says:

    Pic look inviting.I am not a dal person,but would love this as a soup


  9. Raaga says:

    should try this with idlis 🙂 sambar gives me heart burn 🙂


  10. easy, healthy and comfort food.


  11. Medhaa says:

    this looks simple healthy and delicious


  12. Thank you for this. I’m always looking for breakfasts that are nutritious and delicious. I’m wondering if I can put this in a slow cooker on low overnight. I make a rice porridge (congee)that way now.


  13. Arundathi says:

    <>Curry Leaf – Its great as a soupRaaga – Its absolutely fantastic with idlis – my dad’s favorite.Andhra Flavors – Yup!Medhaa – It is.Fresh from the Source – hmm. I’m really not sure. Since there’s only 2 tbsp in this recipe, it takes only about 10 minutes to make. Maybe if you make large quantities, the slow cooker might work.<>


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