Frying onions to dark brown is key to getting the perfect flavor to enjoy the lentils soup ( DAAL) at its best


  • orange or red lentils---------1 cup
  • plenty of water
  • turmeric powder--------- 1/4 tsp
  • onions sliced very thin--1/4 medium to
  • big size
  • canola oil---------------3 tsp
  • whole dry red pepper-----1
  • salt to taste


Put lentils in a large bowl.
Put some water in the bowl. By dipping hands into the water rub lentils in your fist. Then drain water.
Add more water and repeat about 2 more times.
Finally drain and keep aside.
In a large steel pot fill water and place on medium heat.
When the water starts to boil add the washed lentils.
Let boil without a lid.
If water level decreases then add more warm water to maintain level above the lentils.
When the lentils change shape remove from heat. Mash the lentils with a ladle by pressing the lentils to the side of the pot.
Then add more water to make a soup consistency. Stir and put it back on medium heat.
Add turmeric and bring to a boil. Lower heat to simmer.

Place another dry pot on medium heat.
Add oil. After a few seconds when oil heats up add the onion. Fry onions till brown. Add the red pepper and stir for a few seconds. Transfer the lentils soup over the onions. Take care not to splash the hot soup. This can be done by pouring slowly and standing at a distance from the pot. This process is called TARKA.

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Submitted 6/13/05.
Source: Original
Submitted By: romie roy