Spiced Dal Soup (Indian Lentil Soup)

This dal soup recipe is a vegetarian lentil soup that’s flavored with Indian spices. It takes less than 30 minutes to make and is full of flavor! 

dal soup in a white bowl with a spoon

I cook a lot, both for business and pleasure, and work with fellow chefs and home cooks and often hear how much people love Indian food, but that making the dishes at home seems daunting and time consuming. I always respond that what’s so great about Sukhi’s spice mixes is they all have the right balance of spices for whatever you’re cooking, whether it be Vindaloo or a Classic Curry.

And the Dal Spice Mix is no different. Cooler evenings beckon for a bowl of protein-rich and satisfying vegetarian lentil soup, made super easy with Sukhi’s Dal Complete Spice Mix. It’s easy to follow the directions on the back of the packet, and I sometimes add a bit of diced apple or onion as well.

Dal Soup Ingredients

For this Indian lentil soup, you’ll need seven simple ingredients:

  • Lentils (you can use yellow, green, or red)
  • Water
  • Apple
  • Salt
  • Canola oil
  • Sukhi’s Dal Spice Mix
  • Turmeric
  • Fresh cilantro, for garnish (optional)

How to Make Lentil Soup

Dal soup is arguably the easiest soup recipe you can make. You’ll first need to core and dice the apple. Once that’s done, simply combine all the ingredients except the spices in a large pot. Bring the mixture to a boil, then let the lentils cook for 25 minutes, or until soft.

In a separate pan, sauté the dry spices in a little canola oil until they become fragrant and begin to froth. Stir the spices into the lentil mixture, then taste to see if the soup needs more salt. This vegetarian dal soup can be enjoyed as is, or for a more complete meal you can serve it alongside steamed basmati rice or roti.

dal spice mix packet next to dried lentils

Dal Soup Variations

This dal soup recipe is super simple, but if you have a few minutes to spare there are some ways you can amp up this recipe. If you prefer a creamier lentil soup, you can puree half of the vegetarian lentil soup in a blender and then add it back into the pot (or you can use an immersion blender if you have one).

You can also chop up some fresh cilantro and garnish your bowl of steaming lentil soup with it. A drizzle of heavy cream or a dollop of plain yogurt would also make delicious garnishes.

Tips for the Best Lentil Soup

  • Yellow, green, and red lentils all cook at roughly the same rate. If you only have brown lentils on hand, it’s fine to use them. However, you’ll likely need to cook the lentils for longer.
  • Be sure to rinse and sort the lentils before adding them to the pot for the best flavor.
  • Add more water to the lentils as they’re cooking, if needed. You’ll want to check the pot every 10 minutes or so.
  • Don’t skip the step that asks you to sauté the spices in oil! This wakes up the spices and makes this Indian lentil soup even more flavorful.

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8 responses to Spiced Dal Soup (Indian Lentil Soup)

  • It doesn’t look like you sell the dal spice mix anymore. Is there an update to this recipe?

  • I’m a new cook of Indian food. I’m learning more about these foods because of my husband’s recent heart attack and bypass surgery. While he loves red meat, we’re both trying hard to switch our tastes to more healthy and aromatic meals. Thanks very much for your website. Your simple explanations and receipes are easily followed and incredibly flavorful. Do you have a specific cookbook that can be used with all these explanations? There is an eastern food shop nearby that I’m beginning to use, yet eventually I’d like to combine both the specialty shop and our local grocery store. Do you have recommendations that can be used by a novice cook for such options? I have more questions, but am out of room!

    • Hi Martha! Glad to hear you and husband are enjoying Indian food. We don’t have a specific cookbook that we refer to, but I’m sure you can search on Amazon or even try your local library for some cookbooks. If you are interested in Sukhi’s products you can find our products at Costco, Whole Foods, and major grocery chains. Click here to find a store near you: http://sukhis3.local/find-us/

  • I love to cook (and eat) Indian food, it is wholesome and healthy with lovely fragrance and it tastes amazing! I would like to buy some of your spice mixes, but do not know where to find them. Do you sell online?

    Thank you,

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