Top 10 Healthy Lentil Recipes

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Lentils are high in fibre and protein, and their fat content is almost zero. They make super foods for people wanting to lose weight or prefer to eat low calorie food. Lentils are easy to store, can be cooked quickly and can be used in a variety of recipes like salads, soups, main course dishes, even as desserts!

Most of the common lentils like Moong (green lentil), Arhar / Tool (yellow lentil) Urad (black lentil) and Masoor (red lentil) are available as whole, split with skin and split with skin removed. These lentils form an inevitable part of a staple Indian diet and are made into hundreds of dishes. So, let’s dive into the world of these healthy legumes and cook them up into delicious yet simple recipes. Here is a well researched collection of the best lentil recipes for you.

Garlicky Lentil and Tomato Soup

Think of a rich, creamy soup and you immediately get daunted with the thoughts of added cream. But this unique recipe brings in the richness through a combination of masoor dal and tomatoes. The flavour is enhanced by garlic and onion which are sautéed together and then pressure cooked with tomatoes and the lentils. In all, the soup turns out to be a wholesome appetizer.

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Wholesome Lentil Salad with Oven Roasted Tomatoes

The name itself suggests a tempting salad waiting to be savoured as a healthy substitute instead of the deep fried evening snacks. The masoor dal is pre-boiled and tossed in with a healthy tangy dressing made with vinegar, garlic and olive oil. The tomatoes can be roasted in a pre-heated oven, or even on a gas burner and definitely add an interesting twist to the salad.

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Dahi Bhalla

A popular North Indian Street Food, Dahi Bhalla is a sumptuous treat to the tongue which can be enjoyed as a snack any time. The split urad dal without skin is the lentil which is soaked and ground to make small sized soft balls when fried. It is then soaked in warm water and then squeezed out. After that, some whipped curd is whisked in along with a garnish of cumin powder, chilli powder, tamarind chutney and even pomegranate (optional. It is then served chilled.

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Bhaja Moong Dal Khichdi

If you have ever been blessed to witness the Durga Puja in Bengal, you must have tasted the Bhog or Prasad offered to Goddess Durga which often comprises of the Bhaja Moong Dal Khichdi. Basmati rice cooked with moong dal and vegetables of your choice is boiled together to perfection. A spicy tempering of chilli, asafoetida, cumin and ginger makes the dish an exciting pot full of healthy nutrition and awesome flavours. It is generally served with the Baingan Bhaja.

Moong Dal Khichdi

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Dal Fry / Dal Tadka

Toor dal is commonly cooked in the Indian kitchen. But still we love to eat the Dal Tadka prepared in restaurants. So, here is a healthy yet restaurant style Dal Tadka recipe. The dal is soaked and pressure cooked till soft. The unusual taste imparted to the dish is mainly due to the seasoning ingredients. Bay leaf, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, asafoetida and the sweet and sour taste of tomatoes and ginger gives a wonderful aroma and creates a finger licking lentil recipe.

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Spinach with Garlic and Lentils

The goodness of spinach packed together with the nutrition of toor dal is very high on iron, calcium, folic acid and protein content, It is an ideal dish for children as well as pregnant and lactating mothers. The greens are finely chopped and cooked slightly. Then boiled toor dal is mixed well and a delicious crisp tadka or top fry of mustard seeds, urad dal, garlic, onions and tomatoes is added which spreads an appetizing aroma all over. It can be served hot with chapattis and rice.

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Healthy Red Lentil Rice

Here is an adventurous twist to the simple pulao which we cook with rice and vegetables normally. This recipe uses masoor dal as the main ingredient with Basmati Rice. The onions, carrots and peas give a strong veggie comfort. Interesting spices like poppy seeds, fennel seeds, coriander seeds and cardamom are ground to a paste with ginger – garlic and added to the pulao which makes it a heavenly main course food that is highly nutritious too.

Red lentil rice

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Oats and Sprouts Kebab

Whole moong dal is best enjoyed in its sprouted form. So here comes a recipe to make sprouts as the popular Kebab version. The healthy oats are utilized as the binding ingredient and potatoes make it a fuller dish. Simple spices are used to make the kebabs more savoury. But instead of deep frying, these kebabs are cooked by tossing on a non stick pan and serve as the perfect tea time snack.

Oats and Sprouts Kebab

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Lentil and Charred Brocolli Chaat

If you are in the mood to have something spicy yet healthy, you can try out this extremely simple yet out of the league chaat recipe made with masoor dal and roasted broccoli florets. Black beans add more to the lentil content and fruits like sweet lime and papaya lend a sweet and tangy fruity punch to the dish. The equally interesting dressing made with honey, vinegar, mango powder and olive oil give it out of the world taste.

Lentil and Charred Broccoli Chaat
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Also Read: 10 Healthy Midnight Snacks for You

Moong Dal Kheer

Yes, you can satisfy your sweet buds with lentils too! This healthy and superb moong dal kheer can be made quite fast. It is slightly roasted first and then pressure cooked. Fried dried fruits and jaggery syrup along with coconut are then added to give it a rich feel. The kheer is surely going to you a finger licking experience.

Moong Dal Kheer

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Lentils packed with proteins and essential minerals are a must in a healthy menu. You can make innovative breakfast recipes, fuller main course dishes and healthy evening snacks too, all with various lentils available locally. So, which lentil is cooking in your kitchen today?

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  1. Samantha D'Souza March 16, 2016

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