Help me demystify Indian lentil soup
September 15, 2010 10:25 AM Subscribe
I love the lentil soups and soup-like lentil side dishes I get in Indian restaurants and would love to make them at home, but I don't have the slightest clue where to start. Help?
posted by rhiannonstone to Food & Drink (15 answers total) 35 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a food geek and a fairly accomplished cook, but trying to find recipes to start playing around with for this particular dish is a little overwhelming. Every Indian lentil soup/soup-like side dish I have had in restaurants seems to have a different name even though they all seem relatively similar to me (thick, soup-like, yellowish, tasty), recipe searches for "Indian lentil soup" or "dal" turn up a few dozen different recipes (many of which aren't actually for soup) and I don't know which are similar to the dish I'm trying to replicate, and there are a zillion different types of lentils available at my local Indian markets. Can you help me get a clue about Indian lentil soup? Help me refine my search by suggesting common names for the dish I'm looking for? Share your favorite recipes?