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Category: Dals and Soups – No-Onion No-Garlic

Dals and soups have been a part of Indian food from times immemorial.
In India, the simple but wholesome Dal-chawal (dal-rice) is enjoyed by all, whether vegetarian or not and it has no onion and no garlic.
Every Indian household has its own favorite recipe for dal. Here are some of my favorite no-onion no-garlic dal recipes

Spinach Masala Dal

Spinach Masala Dal

| March 18, 2013 Comment

Spinach Masala Dal is a North Indian lentil soup that’s tangy and slightly sweet, and makes a great accompaniment for plain rice. This spicy dal is nutritious as the spinach provides a lot of iron and greens vitamins, while the yellow lentils provide a lot of protein. Servings: 4-6 Cooking Time: 20 minutes Ingredients 1 […]

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Spinach Dal

Spinach Dal

| March 18, 2013 Comment

Spinach Dal is a simple and delicious vegetarian side made with mung (moong) dal and spinach. This dal tastes great with Indian roti or rice. This is a great way to get your greens vitamins, and an easy pressure cooker recipe. Servings: 4 Cooking Time: 15 minutes Ingredients 1 cup moong dal (split mung beans) […]

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Ridge Gourd Kootu

Ridge Gourd Kootu

| March 17, 2013 Comment

Ridge Gourd Kootu is a quick and easy lentil soup that goes well with rice. Serve this tasty and wholesome dal with ghee (clarified butter), and pappadums. Look for ridge gourd in Indian and Asian grocery stores. Cooking Tip Be sure to check the ridge gourd for bitterness before cooking. Ingredients 3 cups ridgegourd, peeled […]

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Mustard Greens Dal

Mustard Greens Dal

| March 13, 2013 Comment

Mustard Greens Dal is a healthy vegetarian/vegan lentil soup. This is a great way to include these greens in your vegetarian diet. Mustard greens are great for lowering cholesterol. Servings: 4 Cooking Time: 20 minutes Ingredients 3/4 cup chana dal (yellow lentils) 3 cups mustard greens (sarson), chopped 2 cups tomatoes, cut into big cubes […]

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Mustard Greens-Cabbage Kootu

Mustard Greens-Cabbage Kootu

| March 13, 2013 Comment

Make this Mustard Greens-Cabbage Kootu if you want to include some healthy green in your diet. This vegetarian/vegan lentil soup with yellow lentils is a healthy and easy recipe. Mustard greens, like collard and kale, help lower cholesterol. They contain glucosinolates, which are phytonutrients that protect against cancer. Servings: 4 Cooking Time: 20 minutes Ingredients […]

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Moong Dal-Drumstick Soup

Moong Dal-Drumstick Soup

| March 13, 2013 Comment

Moong Dal-Drumstick Soup is a nutritious and delicious soup that can be served with rice and a vegetable curry like potato fry, for a quick, filling meal. You can make this dish in 15 minutes, and is great for those times when you come home late and don’t have time to cook an elaborate meal. […]

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Lemony Moong Dal

Lemony Moong Dal

| March 13, 2013 Comment

Lemony Moong Dal (aka pesara kattu) is a tangy, delicious, and slightly watery lentil soup with split moong beans that’s popular in Andhra Pradesh, India. Easy to cook and easy to digest, moong dal is a great to include in your weekly vegetarian menu. This recipe is an easy pressure-cooker recipe and can be made […]

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Jeera Dal

Jeera Dal

| March 13, 2013 Comment

Made with toor dal (tur, red gram, pigeon peas), Jeera Dal is a great accompaniment to Indian phulka and rice. Not only is toor dal nutritious but it is also very versatile. This simple vegetarian lentil soup is proof that you don’t need to add lots of spices to make a dish taste great! This […]

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Chayote Pear Green Dal

Chayote Pear Green Dal

| March 10, 2013 Comment

This tangy Chayote Pear Green Dal is flavored with curry leaves and coriander seeds. The green chillies and curry leaves along with the green peas and chayote pear (bangalore kathrikai) give this hearty lentil soup a greenish tinge. Team this dal with hot plain rice and pappadums for a healthy vegetarian/vegan meal. Servings: 4 Cooking […]

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Chana-Palak Dal

Chana-Palak Dal

| March 10, 2013 Comment

Chana-Palak Dal is a spicy chickpea and spinach lentil soup that’s full of protein, fiber, and iron. This is a a healthy vegetarian/vegan soup that’s filling. Servings: 4 Cooking Time: 30 minutes Ingredients 1 cup kabuli chana (chickpeas) 1/2 cup toor dal (split red gram/lentil) 2 cups spinach, chopped Turmeric powder, a pinch 1 tsp […]

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Cauliflower Kootu

Cauliflower Kootu

| March 10, 2013 Comment

Try this Cauliflower Kootu for a nutritious and tasty dish to go with plain rice.┬áThis is a South Indian lentil soup recipe and easy to prepare. Cauliflower is a rich source of vitamin C and selenium, which act as antioxidants and help strengthen the immune system by fighting against infections such as the common cold, […]

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Cabbage-Potato Dal

Cabbage-Potato Dal

| March 9, 2013 Comment

Cabbage-Potato Dal is a vegetarian cabbage soup recipe that’s full of nutrition. Cabbage and potatoes are a wonderful source of potassium and are foods that lower blood pressure naturally. Cabbage is also rich in calcium. Servings: 4 Cooking Time: 20 minutes Ingredients 3/4 cup toor dal (split red gram) 1/4 tsp turmeric powder 1 cup […]

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