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Legumes Made Easy – Lentils

15 September 2010 6 Comments


Legumes are a great way to add protein in our diet, more so if one is a vegetarian. And Pulses is an integral part of meals in every house in India. Legumes Made Easy is a series started to include all the healthy and easy to make recipes using pulses and beans. This Lentil recipe is very simple and quick to prepare;

pulses made easy - lentils


(serves 2)

  • 1/2 cup de husked Lentils (Dhuli Masoor dal)
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 ‘ Ginger piece
  • 3-4 pearls of Garlic (optional)
  • 1 tsp. red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp. coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Turmeric powder
  • 3 tsps of vegetable oil
  • salt as desired
  • a pinch of asafoetida
  • Fresh coriander leaves for garnish
  • 2 cups of water

Method: Wash and soak the lentils till you assemble all the ingredients for the recipe. Peel and slice the onion, dice tomatoes in small cubes. Grate the ginger and crush the garlic pearls.

Heat a pressure pan and pour the oil in it. Crackle the mustard seeds in it, add all the dry spices and the rest of the ingredients except the soaked lentils.

Stir fry the ingredients for 2 minutes and then add the soaked lentils in it. Close the lid of the pressure pan and let it cook till 2 whistles (5 minutes on medium heat).

The lentils can be cooked in a normal vessel also, which might take about 20-25 minutes to cook till the lentils are soft and mushy.

pulses made easy - lentils


  • The Lentils can be served with hot Indian bread or Chapattis and also with plain rice.
  • Liquidize the cooked lentil in a blender to make an instant and healthy energetic soup.
  • Add any vegetable or greens such as Spinach to make it more nutritious.
  • Makes a good lunchbox option with wholewheat chapattis.


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  • Aps said:

    It luks so comforting nd nice 🙂

  • archana said:

    its very healthy…. can take mix dal (masoordal,chanadal,dhuli moong dal & toover dal) with same procedure…. my family fav. recipe..

  • Pushpa said:

    Dal looks great…I can have a bowlful all by itself…

    Pushpa @ simplehomefood.com

  • Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said:

    That sure is easy prep and wow, mouth watering pic dear.

  • Ananda Rajashekar said:

    perfect dhal!

  • chaitrali said:

    nice and healthy

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