Yellow Split Pea Dhal Recipe. Dal, sometimes spelled dahl or dhal, is a staple of Indian vegetarian cuisine. This easy recipe is for a basic vegetarian and vegan yellow split-pea dhal. Serve with rice, or, add extra liquid and cook a little longer to make a more soup-like dhal.
This easy dhal recipe is very low in fat and is also low-calorie. Use water or an additive-free vegetable broth, and this recipe is also gluten-free.
- In a large pot, place the peas and water or vegetable broth, and bring to a slow simmer. Add the turmeric, cayenne, and salt, and cover. Cook for at least 20 minutes, until the yellow split peas are fully cooked, stirring occasionally.
- You can also continue to cook your dal for an additional 10-15 minutes, if you prefer, to allow the yellow split peas to break up and have a smoother texture.
- Either way, once the split peas are almost done, in a separate large skillet or frying pan, heat the onion, cumin, and clove in the margarine. Cook for 4 to 6 minutes, until onion, is soft (if you happen to have some asafoetida/hing on hand you can also add a little in for about 30 seconds just for extra flavor)
- Add the onion and spices to the split peas, and allow to simmer for at least 5 more minutes.
- Add a dash of pepper and more salt, if desired, and serve hot with rice or alone in a soup bowl.
If you're using yellow lentils or something other than yellow split peas in this recipe, you can cook them a little less than the suggested 20 - 35 minutes.
This Indian food recipe is both vegetarian and vegan.
Fat: 3.5 g; Saturated Fat: .6 g
Cholesterol: 0mg, 0%
Total Carbohydrates: 32.8g, 11%
Dietary Fiber: 13.2g, 53%; Protein: 12.5g