Red Lentil Soup (Indian Style, Masoor Dal) | Happy Bellyfish

Red Lentil Soup (Indian Style, Masoor Dal)

Red Lentil Soup (Indian Style, Masoor Dal)

This lentil soup recipe, made in Indian style, must be one of the easiest healthy recipes ever featured on Happy Bellyfish. It only needs three basic ingredients, no exotic spices and a very simple way of preparation. It tastes heavenly and can be served on its own (as a soup), or on a side with rice or any other grains.

This lentil soup is made with red lentils that are easily available in many countries. They don’t need a long time to be boiled and they are a perfect option for a quick lunch. Besides being extremely nutritious, this recipe is also the real immune system booster, as it is loaded with garlic and turmeric. Don’t worry about your garlic breath however, as we will show you how to cook garlic to avoid any unpleasant smells.



  • pink / red lentil (masoor dal) – 1 cup
  • fresh garlic – 2 cloves
  • fresh green chilli – 1
  • turmeric – 1/2 tsp
  • cooking oil and salt to taste


Step 1. Soak pink lentil (masoor dal) in cold water for at least 30  mins. You will notice that the lentils will increase in size. Before cooking, rinse the lentils thoroughly.

Step 2. Boil the lentils together with turmeric until soft, about half an hour. You can decrease cooking time by using pressure cooker.

Step 3. Heat the cooking oil of your choice in a pan and add finely chopped garlic and green chilli. Cook them for a few minutes until the edges of the garlic start turning brown.

Step 4. Add the lentil and cook everything together for another 5 minutes. At the very end of the cooking process, add salt.


Your easy lentil soup, cooked in Indian style with garlic is ready! You can eat it on its own, or together with rice, like a sauce. Before serving, garnish it with the herbs of your choice.

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4 thoughts on “Red Lentil Soup (Indian Style, Masoor Dal)

  1. L

    Red lentils whole or split will work with this recipe?
    Thank you

    1 year ago Reply

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      Both options will work – split lentils, however, will cook faster!

      1 year ago

  2. Agness of Run Agness Run

    Such an exceptional soup recipe, Anastasia! Can’t wait to mix all these ingredients and make this mouth-watering soup. Is this a traditional Indian dish?

    1 year ago Reply

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      Yes, it’s a traditional Indian Dal, but a very simple version of it with literally no spice except for turmeric. Despite its simplicity it is really delicious though!

      1 year ago

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