Yellow Daal

Yellow Daal

"Daal" is an East Indian dish and refers to a variety of lentils, peas, and beans that are used to make soups and stews or served with bread.


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Serves: 4 person(s) Change

Preparation Time: 30 mins
Cooking Time: 1 hr
Extra Time: 30 mins
(for soaking)

Yield: 4 x 1 cup servings

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  • 1 cup dry yellow split peas or yellow lentils
  • 3 cup water
  • 1 low-sodium vegetable bouillon cube (or chicken cube) (or 1 tsp. granules)
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 green serrano or jalapeno chili, finely minced
  • 2 Tbsp chopped, fresh cilantro


Cover peas with water and soak 30 minutes. Drain. Add 3 cups fresh water and peas to a large saucepan. Cook 50 minutes.

Purée half of mixture in blender; combine with remaining peas in saucepan. Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup more water if needed.

Add bouillon, cumin, salt, pepper, turmeric, and chili. Simmer an additional 5 minutes. Add cilantro and serve.


Chopped tomatoes may be added. Daal can be served with plain yogurt and flat bread (such as roti, chapatis or pita), if desired.

Serving suggestions are not included in nutritional analysis, and may not be gluten-free or dairy-free.

If regular sodium bouillon cube used, sodium = 488mg per serving.

Thanks to Anita Elder, Member

Nutritional Info (per serving)

CALORIES 182 cals
Kilojoules 762 kJ
Fat 1.0 g
Saturated Fat 0.2 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 128 mg
Carbohydrates 32.0 g
Fiber 13.0 g
Total Sugars 4.5 g
Protein 13.0 g
Calcium 44.0 mg
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