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Indian-Style Split Pea Dal

Yellow Split Pea Dal (Matar Dal)

$3.05 recipe | $0.51 serving
Ready for an Indian-style yellow split pea dal that's super delicious and easy to make? It's full of protein-packed split peas, authentic Indian spices, and creamy coconut milk. Let's get cooking!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Indian, Vegan
Servings 6 servings
Calories 347 kcal

Equipment

  • Large pot
  • Chef knife
  • Large bowl for soaking
  • Strainer

Ingredients
 

  • 2 tbsp coconut oil ($0.24)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced ($0.24)
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced ($0.20)
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, minced ($0.03)
  • 1 tbsp cumin ($0.03)
  • ½ tbsp coriander ($0.02)
  • 1 tsp turmeric ($0.01)
  • ½ tsp cayenne ($0.04)
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste ($0.24)
  • 2 cups yellow split peas, uncooked ($0.65)
  • 4-5 cups vegetable broth or water ($0.99)
  • ½ cup full-fat coconut milk ($0.27)
  • 2 tsp garam masala ($0.07)
  • Salt & pepper to taste ($0.02)

Garnishes optional

  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 2-3 cups cooked rice of choice
  • Cilantro
  • Lime wedges
  • Roti

Instructions
 

  • Soak dry split peas in water overnight*, or for at least 1 hour if possible. Then, rinse thoroughly and drain the peas. Set aside.
  • In a large pot, heat coconut oil over medium. Once heated, add in diced onions and sauté for 2-3 minutes, or until turning translucent (but not browning).
  • Next, add in garlic and ginger, and sauté for another 1-2 minutes. Then, add cumin, coriander, turmeric, cayenne, and tomato paste. Cook for another 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Once the spices are fragrant, add coconut milk, vegetable broth or water (start with 4 cups), and split peas to the pot, mixing well. Bring to a low boil, then cover with a lid and reduce heat to simmer.
  • Cook for approximately 50-60 minutes more, stirring occasionally until the peas are cooked to your preference. If the dal appears dry, mix water in ¼ cup at a time.
  • When the peas are tender, mix in spinach, garam masala, salt & pepper. Turn the heat off and cover the pot to allow spinach to wilt a little. Taste and adjust spices as needed, adding cayenne for more heat, garam masala for sweet spice, or salt to bring the other flavors out.
  • Serve this split pea dal with a side of basmati rice, cilantro, roti, or lime wedges. Store leftovers in an airtight container in your fridge for up to 3-4 days.

Notes

  • The longer you soak your split peas, the less water and time you will need to cook them. We highly recommend soaking them overnight! Prep time does not include overnight soaking.
  • Optional ingredients are not included in the price or calories of this recipe.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Yellow Split Pea Dal (Matar Dal)
Serving Size
 
1 serving
Amount per Serving
Calories
347
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
10.2
g
16
%
Saturated Fat
 
7.8
g
49
%
Trans Fat
 
0
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.2
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
0.5
g
Cholesterol
 
0
mg
0
%
Sodium
 
14
mg
1
%
Potassium
 
833.3
mg
24
%
Carbohydrates
 
49.2
g
16
%
Fiber
 
17.7
g
74
%
Sugar
 
3.8
g
4
%
Protein
 
15.8
g
32
%
Vitamin A
 
175.3
IU
4
%
Vitamin C
 
5.1
mg
6
%
Calcium
 
49.3
mg
5
%
Iron
 
4.7
mg
26
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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