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What are Lentils ?

Lentil is a pulse which is very small edible legumes. It grows in pods as peanut or peas. It is always in dry form and comes with different varieties and colors. This small legumes are jam packed with protein, vitamin any many forms of minerals. The best part of lentils, is that you can store it for many years in your pantry without refrigerating. It is being used in many countries and cultures across the globe.

Why Lentils ?

Lentils are very cheap and nutritious. Those are opt for vegetarian food, lentils could the best source of protein for them. A hearty bowl of lentil soup can take you for long run. It is also famous in non-vegetarian world of its incredible vitamins.
It grows in Canada, Indian subcontinent and some parts of Europe i.e. Turkey. It is known as an oldest pulse - corp known.

Heart health & Blood pressure

We all know the bad cholesterol is the enemy of heart. At times it is the only cause of heart related diseases and even case stroke.
On the other hand lentils is called a super food for heart as it is packed with folic acid, fiber and potassium. These nutrients are extremely beneficial for heart health.

Fiber in food helps to regulate hormones and reduce levels of Low density Lipoprotein, which is known as LDL or bad cholesterol.
Plant based protein are always recommended for heart patients. The fiber in the food helps to reduce heart disease.
Some minerals present in the particular food such as potassium, calcium and magnesium can actually have counter impact on high blood pressure. Foods are high with this minerals can control high blood pressure to some extent.


Lentils has a special mineral called selenium. It helps to create T cells which is very effective to help a person's immune response which in turn counter the tumor growth.
It is a fact that selenium can reduce the rate of prostrate, lung, bladder, skin and many types of cancer.


It is a very good source of fiber and protein, which helps to clear the digestive tract and bowel movement. Thus prevent constipation and other related problems.


It has plant based iron, which is very effective to treat fatigue and weakness especially among women.
Some time body has trouble absorbing plant based iron called non-heme. In this case you can add Vitamin C to aid the absorption process of iron.

The Indian authentic Dal recipe or

Indian red lentil soup - 

If there is one food which connects all the soul of India, is the humble DAL. It is also famous in many subcontinent in different forms and avatar. Even in every state in India has its own version and richness of this lovely dal. To name among of them are dal tadka, dal makhni, sambar etc.
Today I will put up a recipe which is sober in test and its hotness, keeping it’s mild aroma and all nutritional value intact.

Lentil soup instant pot recipe 


  • ⅔ cup Masoor dal (red lentil)
  • ⅓ cup Toor dal (split pigeon peas)
  • 5/6 tbs oil/ghee
  • ½ cup onion chopped
  • ½ cup tomato chopped
  • 1 tbsp ginger paste
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin powder
  • 1 tbsp green chilli paste
  • 1tbs lemon juice
  • Salt to taste

For tempering

  • 2/3 tbsp ghee
  • 1 tbsp cumin seed
  • 1 tbsp garlic chopped
  • 2/3 dry chilli
  • 1 pinch asafoetida
  • Coriander leaves to garnish

Method of cooking perfect dal tadka

Part 1

  • Wash and pressure cook both lentils together with 1.5 cup of water. Red lentil is supposed to  boiled 80 % and pigeon peas 50% which will give some texture and bit to this recipe.
  • Next step would be adding ghee in the pan and saute the onion for 4-5 min.
  • Add ginger and garlic paste and cook for 3 min.
  • Add green chilli and tomato chopped cook for another 2 to 3 min.
  • Add turmeric and cumin powder
  • Give the paste a good mix and cook it in very slow to medium heat for another 5 min

Part 2

  • Once the mixture releases oil, it is time to add the boiled Lentils.
  • Add Salt and mix it well and let it cook for 5 - 10 min.
  • Turn the fire off as the dal is almost ready.

Part 3

  • Take 2-3 tbsp ghee and heat until smoke comes up.
  • Break the dry chilli and add into the ghee.
  • Immediately add cumin seed garlic and asafoetida and turn the heat off.
  • Now add it in to the dal.
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro.

Note: Be very careful about the tempering part, as all the ingredients needs to be added almost together but not to burn completly. Adjust the fire as per your convenience.

Bottom Line

Lentils are used in cooking in different ways in different countries. It can be used as staples, soup or side dishes with any kind of bread on the side. It is an excellent source of protein, vitamin and minerals, which helps to regulate many conditions like high blood pressure, heart disease and digestion. I am sharing the most popular dish in Indian cuisine called Dal Tadka.
Enjoy the recipe and let me know how it tests when comes out from your oven.....

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