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Turmeric Lentil Delight (Daal with microgreens)

Prep Time:

10 Minutes

Cook Time:

20 Minutes


2 Servings


Veg Beginner

About the Recipe

Introducing Turmeric Lentil Delight - a hearty and flavorful dish that brings together the goodness of lentils and the richness of Indian spices. This recipe combines tender yellow lentils with a fragrant blend of cumin, mustard seeds, garlic, ginger, and tomatoes, creating a mouthwatering curry that's both wholesome and delicious. Whether you're looking for a comforting weeknight dinner or a dish to impress your guests, Turmeric Lentil Delight is sure to satisfy your cravings and leave you wanting more.


  • 1 cup yellow lentils (toor dal)

  • 3 cups water

  • 1 tablespoon ghee or oil

  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds

  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds

  • 1 onion, finely chopped

  • 2 tomatoes, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1-inch piece of ginger, grated

  • 1 green chili, chopped (optional)

  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder

  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder

  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder

  • Salt to taste

  • Handful of microgreens for garnish


Step 1

Rinse lentils until water runs clear. Drain.

Step 2

In a large pot, add the lentils and water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 20-25 minutes or until the lentils are tender. Stir occasionally and skim off any foam that forms on the surface.


Use a pressure cooker, boil for 4-5 whistles.

Step 3

In a separate pan, heat the ghee or oil over medium heat. Add the cumin seeds and mustard seeds and cook until they start to splutter.

Step 4

Add the chopped onion and sauté until translucent.

Step 5

Stir in the minced garlic, grated ginger, and green chili (if using). Cook for another minute.

Step 6

Add the chopped tomatoes and cook until they soften.

Step 7

Stir in the turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, and salt. Cook for a couple of minutes.

Step 8

Add the cooked lentils to the tomato mixture and mix well. If the dal is too thick, you can add more water to reach your desired consistency

Step 9

Simmer the dal for another 5-10 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.

Step 10

Garnish with microgreens before serving. Enjoy your flavorful dal with a nutritious touch of microgreens!

Feel free to adjust the spices according to your taste preferences. Enjoy your meal!

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