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Yellow Split Pea Dhal Recipe

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Yellow Split Pea Dhal Recipe
Yellow Split Pea Dhal Recipe. Dhal, sometimes spelled dahl or dal, is a staple of Indian vegetarian cuisine. This easy recipe is for a basic vegetarian and vegan yellow split-pea dhal. Serve with rice, or, add extra liquid to make a more soup-like dhal. Caution - it's got a bit of a kick! This easy dhal recipe is very low in fat and is also low-calorie.

See also: More Vegetarian Indian recipes


  • 1 cup yellow split peas, uncooked
  • 2 cups water or vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp margarine
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin, whole seeds or ground
  • 2 whole cloves
  • dash pepper, to taste


In a large pot, place the peas and water or vegetable broth, and bring to a slow simmer. Add the turmeric, cayenne and salt, and cover. Allow to cook for at least 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

In a large skillet or frying pan, heat the onion, cumin and clove in the margarine. Cook for 4 to 6 minutes, until onion is soft. Add the onion and spices to the split peas, and allow to simmer for at least 5 more minutes.

Add a dash of pepper and more salt, if desired, and serve hot with rice or alone in a soup bowl.

This Indian food recipe is both vegetarian and vegan.

Makes four servings of yellow split pea dhal.

Nutritional information (from Calorie Count):
Calories: 207
Fat: 3.5 g; Saturated Fat: .6 g
Cholesterol: 0mg, 0%
Total Carbohydrates: 32.8g, 11%
Dietary Fiber: 13.2g, 53%; Protein: 12.5g

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 5 out of 5
Dahl-icious!, Guest Emily

I made this for dinner yesterday and was amazed at how delicious it was! I made a couple changes to the recipe since I did not have all of the ingredients on hand. I used paprika instead of turmeric, added in a carrot, and used cinnamon in place of the clove. SO good! Will definitely be making this again soon!

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