Lemony Dal Or Red Lentil

Lemony dal or red lentil. A very easy to make and delicious dal with lemon. A perfect dish for winter. You can also serve this piping hot dal as soup with toasted bread and your dinner is sorted.

Here are some more different types of dal and lentil soup recipes from this blog. Sharing the links below.

1. Masoor dal chochchori

2. Panch phoran dal

3. Dal rasam

4. Dal makhani

5. Goan dal curry

6. Dal kanda or dry chana dal fry

7. Beetroot dal

8. Whole masoor dal

9. Dal palak

10. Sprouts sundal

11. Egg dal tadka

12. Mediterranean green lentil soup

13. Red lentil soup

14. Lebanese lentil lemon soup

15. Green moong carrot spinach soup

And you may also like to try Andhra style tomato dal from the blog of my blogger friend Priya Iyer.

Now here is the recipe of an absolutely delicious dal with different taste and flavour. This protein rich dal can be served hot as soup. Try and enjoy as a side or soup, choice is your. You can make this dal thick or thin both. Keep the consistency according to your taste. You need some very simple and easily available ingredients to make this mouthwatering lemony dal or soup.

I have used one spring onion/onion green or scallion. Fried the lower part of the scallion with onion garlic and used green part for garnishing. But you can use more scallion if you want. You can also use more garlic if you like garlicky flavour. I have used one slit green chilli for flavour and to get slightly spicy taste. You can skip it if you want. Add black pepper powder according to your spice tolerance. You can also use cilantro or fresh coriander leaves in the dal if you like. You can use vegetable stock or chicken stock instead of water.

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Masoor dal or red lentil – 1/2 cup

Onion – 2 medium

Garlic – 3-4 cloves, minced or grated

Cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Lemon juice – 2 tablespoon

Salt – 2 teaspoon or to taste

Black pepper – 1 teaspoon or to taste

Slit green chilli – 1, optional

Olive oil – 2 tablespoon

Water – 4 cup

Scallion or spring onion – 1

Freshly ground black pepper to sprinkle

Lemon slices and onion green or scallion to garnish


1. Rinse the masoor dal or red lentil well. Drain the water and keep aside.

2. Chop the lower part of the scallion or onion green. Peel and chop the onions. Also chop the remaining green part of scallion and keep aside. We will use it for garnishing.

3..Heat oil in a pan or wok or pan. You can also use pressure cooker to make the dal in less time. Add chopped onion and garlic. Also add the lower part of the scallion. Fry till onion becomes brown.

4. Add dal or red lentil, salt, black pepper powder,cumin powder and coriander powder. Saute for 2 minutes.

5. Add water and when it starts to rolling boil reduce the heat. Cover and cook on simmer for 25-30 minutes or till lentil becomes soft. Don’t forget to check in-between. Check and stir in regular interval. Add more water if required. Add more or less water to get your desired consistency. If you want your dal thin add more water and for thick dal use less water.

6. When dal or lentil becomes soft add lemon juice. Increase the flame and boil for a minute. Taste and adjust salt, black pepper and lemon juice if require. Remove from heat.

7. Garnish with lemon slices, freshly ground black pepper and chopped scallion or onion green. Serve hot.


1. You can use any oil instead of olive oil.

2. Vegetable or chicken stock can be used instead of water.

3. You can use cilantro or fresh coriander leaves in the dal if you like.

4. Add black pepper powder and green chilli according to your spice tolerance.

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I am Sujata Roy. A homemaker, a doting mother to two beautiful grown up children, a blogger, a passionate cook and lastly a foodie. Experimenting in the kitchen is what I love and enjoy doing the most. Specially experimenting with vegetarian dishes and egg-less cakes and cookies is what interests me more. My loved ones are fond of vegetarian cuisines, so I have them in my mind whenever I dish out a new recipe. However, I do not limit my experimental cooking to vegetarian recipes only, non-vegetarian recipe ideas are also dished out. Thank you for visiting my blog. Happy Cooking!

15 thoughts on “Lemony Dal Or Red Lentil”

  1. Lemony dal looks so yummy. Dal is my favourite any day. We usually don’t use red lentils but I will definitely try this out.

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  2. DAl with lemon become so much more lighter in taste. I will love to try this soft cooked masoor dal with lemon with rotis for winter.

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  3. I love masoor dal, and absolutely love the way you have used it in this lemony dal. With the onion greens and spices like black pepper powder and coriander powder, I’m sure it must taste very flavourful. Very nutritious dal as well!

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