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Vegetarian Mung Dhal Recipe

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Vegetarian Mung Dhal Recipe
A healthy vegetarian Indian food recipe. Mung dal, or Indian-flavored yellow lentils, are a traditional vegetarian Indian recipe. This easy version of mund dhal soup simmers the dal in vegetable broth, turmeric and cayenne for a spicy vegetarian Indian side dish.

Worried about fat? Omit the oil and heat the onion and spices in a non-stick pan with a touch water instead to make this recipe virtually fat-free and reduced in calories too.

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  • 1 cup mung dal
  • 2 cups water or vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • dash cayenne pepper (or more, if you like spice!)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp margarine or olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 whole cloves
  • black pepper to taste


In a large soup or stock pan, combine the mung dal or yellow lentils, vegetable broth, turmeric, cayenne and salt. Bring to a slow simmer. Cover partially with a lid and allow to cook for 30-40 minutes.

In a separate skillet, sautee the onion, cumin seeds and clove in margarine or olive oil for just a few minutes, until onions are soft.

Add the onions and spices to the mung dal or lentils and allow to simmer for a few more minutes, stirring well to combine. Sprinkle with a dash of black pepper and add extra salt to taste, if needed. Serve plain, as soup, or over rice.

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 4 out of 5
Delightfully yummy!, Guest WishyaKnew

This was my first time making Dhal and my hubby and kids all loved it (which is something hard to accomplish) I used 3/4 cup yellow lentils and 1/4 cup green lentils. I used water instead of veg. broth and I also did add a bit of curry powder, cumin seed powder and a dash of cracked red pepper. The lentils could have cooked a little longer and I had to almost double the water recommended when I noticed mine was going dry and scorching. Came out flavorful and I served it over Jasmine rice. Definitely will be making again! Thanks

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