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lentil pritikin recipe


Simple, spicy, and inexpensive, Dal is a hearty Indian lentil soup that is so delicious and easy to make that it's sure to become one of your go-to recipes.
Prep Time15 minutes
Active Time40 minutes
Total Time55 minutes
Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: Easy, Indian, Vegan, Vegetarian
Yield: 6 cups


  • 1.5 cups lentils (dried) rinsed and drained
  • 5 cups vegetable stock low sodium
  • 1 tablespoon red chili pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tablespoon turmeric ground
  • 1.5 cups onions chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger peeled and minced
  • 1 tablespoon cumin ground
  • 1/2 tablespoon curry powder
  • fresh lemon juice to taste


  • In a large stockpot, combine lentils, 4 cups of stock, red pepper flakes, and turmeric.
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer.
  • Stir occasionally and cook until lentils are just tender, about 25 minutes.
  • Add more liquid, if necessary, to prevent sticking.
  • While lentils are cooking, heat a large nonstick saute pan to medium high. Saute onions, garlic, ginger, cumin, and curry until onions start soften, about 5 minutes.
  • If the mixture is sticking and browning too quickly, pour in a small amount of stock and scrape the bottom of pan to release any bits of food that are sticking.
  • Stir in cooked lentils and more stock, to desired consistency.
  • Simmer for 10 minutes. Add lemon juice.


Dal is delicious served over brown basmati rice, regular brown rice, or with whole-wheat pita bread and raita, an Indian side dish of yogurt, cucumber, and seasonings.