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Red Lentils With Pearl Onion

Red Lentils With Pearl Onion


  • 1.5 cup red lentils/masoor dal
  • 1.5 cups pearl onions or 1/2 cup chopped onion (you may use both the chopped onions and pearl onion – adjust amount to your taste)
  • 1 teaspoon cooking oil + 1 tablespoon pure virgin mustard oil or ghee
  • 1/2 teaspoon nigella/kalonji/kalo jeera
  • 4 hot green chili peppers (remove seeds and membrane if you do not like the heat – the peppers are essential for the flavor)
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar (optional – used for the perfect balance of taste and will not make the soup sweet)
  • salt to taste
  • 1 small tomato, grated (about 1/4 cup)
  • fresh cilantro/coriander to garnish
  • fresh lime/lemon juice before serving