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Indian style Red Lentil Soup that is hearty and delicious with the addition of warm Indian spices. Perfect dish for the chilly fall weather.


4 Servings

Total time

25 minutes




  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 cup red lentils (Masoor Dal)
  • 1 medium onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 medium tomatoes (chopped)
  • 2 garlic cloves (crushed)
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp ground coriander
  • to taste Salt & Pepper
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1 tsp chana dal
  • 1 tsp Urad dal
  • ½ tsp Crushed Pepper Flakes (optional)
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • to taste Salt


  1. Heat the oil in a pressure cooker. Add onions and garlic and cook till the onions turn translucent.
  2. Next add the tomatoes, chili powder, ground cumin, ground coriander, salt and pepper. Cook till the tomatoes are mushy.
  3. Add lentils and 21/2~3cups of water. Close the lid and cook for 2~3 whistles. Let the pressure come down naturally.
  4. Open the lid and whisk the lentils until smooth. If the soup looks too thick, add some water and simmer until heated through.
  5. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Stir in the lemon juice.
  6. Heat oil in a small pan, add the chana dal, urad dal and crushed red pepper flakes. Cook till the dal turns golden. Add the spinach and cook until just wilted, about 3~4 minutes.
  7. Serve the soup warm topped with the spinach and Enjoy!!
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