Indian Mango Dal


One of my goals a while back was to “master cooking Indian food,” since I love it so much. While I can’t say I’m a master quite yet, I’d like to think I’m getting there. Sometimes all it takes is a dash of Garam Masala to kick up a meal, other times, it takes a delicious recipe like this Indian Mango Dal from Eating Well.

Click here for the instructions.

1 cup yellow lentils (I used yellow split peas)

4 cups water

1 teaspoon salt, divided

1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric

1 tablespoon canola oil

1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds (I used ground cumin)

1 medium onion, chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger

1/2 teaspoon ground coriander

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

2 mangoes, peeled and diced (I used a bag of frozen, cubed mangos)

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro (I used frozen Dorot cilantro)

I also added about 2 cups of frozen chopped spinach I had on hand.


I’m a sucker for sweet and savory combos in my meals, especially when the sweet is coming from mangos. In the name of convenience and cost, I used a whole bag of pre-cut frozen mangos, which was probably the equivalent of 4-5 fresh mangos. I also had ground cumin, and not the seeds, and instead of the yellow lentils, I had yellow split peas, which cooked the same way. I also added some frozen chopped spinach.

It came together surprisingly easily, especially since I used pre-cut, frozen mango, cilantro and spinach. And the taste? Perfect! The big chunks of sweet mango were in every bite and the split peas were so filling. I froze the leftovers for future meals to look forward to. We ate this as-is in a bowl, but I think it’s be great over some brown basmati rice as well.

Have you perfected any Indian food recipes? Do share! I’m intimidated but eager to try making Naan!


  1. Posted April 24, 2012 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    Wow, Janel, that looks fantastic! I have a bunch of greens in the fridge that I need to use up – I think pretty much anything would go in here . . . the frozen mango is a super idea to make it easier, too. This is getting pinned onto my “Want to Make” board on Pinterest! Thanks!

  2. Sheetal Mehta
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

    Heyy…This recipe sounds awesome..quite a funny thing..being an Indian, haven’t really had this kinda daal..But we surely do make Mango Daal, which is smooth by texture and is liquid by nature..its a classic gujarati dish…:)

  3. Janel
    Posted April 27, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

    Interesting! I’d love to see some of your dal recipes if you don’t mind sharing!

  4. Posted April 30, 2012 at 9:35 am | Permalink

    YUM! i’ve never put fruit in my dahl but this looks fantastic!

  5. Posted May 1, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Permalink


    This looks great! Lets get together for a workout soon. Perhaps harvard stadiums?

    I hope all is well

  6. Posted May 22, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

    I just sent this to a client who loves Indian food 🙂

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