This vegetarian yellow split pea dhal recipe is one of the most popular vegetarian recipes here on TheSpruce. 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 it up with rice for a simple vegetarian Indian meal, or, add extra liquid and cook a little longer to make a more soup-like dhal.
Caution - it's got a bit of a kick! Want to make it a full meal? Add a side of vegetable pakoras or baked samosas (try these simple kale pakoras for something completely untraditional but absolutely delicious), and you'll have a complete yet still light and healthy Indian meal.
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.
- 1 cup yellow split peas, uncooked
- 2 cups water or vegetable broth
- 1 tsp. turmeric
- 1/4 tsp. cayenne
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 tbsp. margarine
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 1/2 tsp. cumin, whole seeds or ground
- 2 whole cloves
- Dash pepper, to taste
- In a large pot, place the uncooked yellow split peas and the water or vegetable broth, and bring to a slow simmer. Add the turmeric, cayenne, and salt, and cover.
- Cook for at least 20 minutes, covered, 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 mixture 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 to 35 minutes.
Based on four servings:
Fat: 3.5 g; Saturated Fat: .6 g
Cholesterol: 0mg, 0%
Total Carbohydrates: 32.8g, 11%
Dietary Fiber: 13.2g, 53%; Protein: 12.5g