Dal/Lentils tomato dip

Dal spread2


This dip is a creamy version of dal. This Lentil Dip is simple in its ingredients but complex in its flavour because of the wonderful combo and the variety of spices used.

This dip is naturally gluten free and vegan, but that I know everyone will enjoy, regardless of their dietary preferences. This dip is really filling.

Yields-5-6 servings
Preparation time-5 minutes
Soaking time-2-3 hours
Cooking time-20-25 minutes


  • Yellow moong dal-1cup
  • Diced tomatoes 4
  • Diced onion-1medium
  • Red chillies-3
  • Cumin seeds-1tsp
  • Oil-1tsp

For tempering:

  • Oil-2tsp
  • Mustard seeds-1tsp
  • Chopped garlic-3 cloves
  • Curry leaves-8-10


  • Wash and drain lentils/dal several times until the water runs clear.
  • Place 2 cups of water and lentils in a big pan and bring it to a boil, then reduce heat to medium low and continue to cook for 10-15 minutes or until lentils are just cooked (make sure the lentils are not mushy)
  • Meanwhile heat oil in a pan add onions, cumin seeds, red chillies ,tomatoes and saute until onions are translucent and tomatoes are soft.  Turn off the flame and allow it to cool.
  • Now once the lentils are cooked drain thoroughly.
  • Combine cooked lentils/dal, sauted tomato, onion mixture in a blender/food processor and pulse until smooth.

Dal spread3

For tempering:

  • Heat oil in a small sauce pan, add mustard seeds as it cracks, add garlic, curry leaves- saute for few seconds.
  • Pour the tempering over the dip mix well
  • Serve with choice of Roti/Parathas

Multigrain Methi Roti:

Methi Roti3

Dill Roti:

Dill Roti final1

Oats and Flaxseed Roti/Chapathi:

Oats flaxseed Chapati final


  • I soaked moong dal/lentils for 2-3 hours prior cooking as it helps lentils to cook faster.
  • Spices can be personalised as per the taste.
  • Moong dal can be substituted with Red lentils.

About Chitra Jagadish

My passion for Cooking & love to explore healthy recipes. This blog is a result from it and am here to share 'Recipes for Healthy living'...Its all about 'FOOD and HEALTH'

Posted on May 22, 2015, in Dips, Indian and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 21 Comments.

  1. This looks delicious, we have to bookmark this 🙂 Thank you for stopping by at my Pawty. It made my birthday just a little bit more special ❤ Extra Pawkisses for the weekend 😀 ❤


  2. Mr. Militant Negro

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  3. Simple and tempting dip dear !

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  4. We love lentils. I showed my husband and asked him to make this, he is the chef in our house. 🙂

    Thank you!

    ❤ carmen


  5. Comfort food:-) looks perfect C

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  6. Thanks for the recipe

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  7. I like that most of your foods could be ready in less than an hour 🙂 I have a fantastic Asia Food shop nearby and have no problems getting any ingredients for Indian, Chinese and African food. A blessing 🙂


  8. Looks delicous.. Thanks for sharing


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