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Dhall or Yellow Split Peas Soup

Dhall is a dish that is daily fare in many Indian homes. It can be eaten by itself as a soup, or as a gravy accompaniment to rice and curries. My family enjoy it with buttered, toasted bread as well. Dhall can be made from many lentils, which are a very good source of protein. These include dried peas, dried chick peas, mung, amongst others. Lentils can be used in a variety of ways to make interesting meals.

I use a pressure cooker to make dhall, as it is a real time saver. If you decided to go this method, please follow the directions for using a pressure cooker. The images on the right show dhalls made by 2 cooks. The colors vary, depending on the lentil used and the amount of tomato or turmeric that is used. But they are all nourishing and delicious.


  • I cup split peas
  • ¼ cup onion
  • ½cup tomato
  • 3 cloves garlic or 1½ tsp. crushed garlic
  • ½ tsp. crushed ginger
  • 2 tablespoon Canola or Olive oil
  • 1½ teaspoon salt,(or to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • ½teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 tablespoon butter (optional)
  • 3 cups of boiling water


  • Heat water. Discard any foreign matter amongst the lentils
  • Wash lentils and then add it to the boiling water "Foam" will develop. Scoop it and discard it.
  • Add in the rest of the ingredients
  • Lower the temperature and allow it to cook until lentils are mushy
  • Add more water if the lentils appear dry. The cooked lentils should be of pouring consistency, but not as runny as water
  • Add the butter if you prefer a richer taste
  • The total cooking time is approximately 45 minutes-1 hour. If a pressure cooker is used, a very nice consistency is achieved in approximately 20 minutes
variety of lentils

Lentils and Beans

A variety of lentils. An excellent source of protein


Dhall or Split Pea Soup.
Tasty and nourishing and used as a gravy


Dhall or Split Pea Soup.
Tasty and nourishing and used as a gravy

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