Dal Lentils Soup Panch Phoran Recipe


  • 4 cups  (brown or yellow split peas) dal Lentils   Dal Lentils Soup
  • 4 cans vegetable broth (I use Swanson)
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 – 2 cups Roma or cherry tomatoes, to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon asafoetida powder
  • 1 Tablespoon panch phoran
  • 1 teaspoon salt, optional
Serves / Yields

6 – 8 servings

Preparation Instructions

Pick through dal Lentils to remove any impurities.

Boil the dal  in a pot of water for 15 to 20 minutes, until soft but not fully cooked.

Strain dal and replace the same pot on the stove, on medium high heat. Pour vegetable broth into pot and add dahl. Simmer just below boiling point.

Mash the tomatoes in a large bowl with a potato masher, or other suitable kitchen utensil. Do not discard any of the tomato mixture.

In a small sauce pan, melt the butter on medium to medium high heat. May use more than 4 tablespoons, if desired. Add panch phoran and asafoetida to butter in sauce pan. Spices should sizzle and pop. Immediately, add tomato mixture to sauce pan and coat with butter and spices. Turn to low.

When dal (Lentils) is nice and soft, add contents of saucepan to the soup pot and stir. Add salt to taste.

Ready to serve.

Helpful Hints

Both panch phoran and asafoetida are strong, unusual spices. They are available at middle-east specialty stores. Make sure you have tasted them to get a feel for their strength and pungency.In this Panch Phoran Recipe You may decide to add more or less of these spices based on your preference. If the final soup tastes a little weak to me, I will sometimes add more of these spices directly to the pot a few minutes before serving.

Panch phoran is a spice mixture.

You may also want to garnish the soup with cilantro for an authentic enhancement.

This  soup with lentils reheats very well, and because it is vegetarian, it keeps nicely in a sealed container for 5 or 6 days.

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