Garlic and Cumin Lentils
Steamer Recipes > Vegetables

Garlic and Cumin Lentils


Preparation Time: 15 minutes and 1 hour soaking time
Cooking Time: 38-40 minutes


  • One cup masoor dhal
  • 2/3 cup chicken stock or water
  • teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
  • teaspoon ground coriander
  • One tablespoon ghee or vegetable oil
  • Two teaspoons toasted cumin seeds
  • One medium size onion, sliced
  • Two cloves garlic, crushes
  • One fresh long green chili, seeded and thinly sliced, optional
  • One tablespoon finely chopped fresh mint


  1. Put lentils in a sieve and wash using cold running water. Pick and remove any foreign matter.
  2. Soak in water for at least 1 hour. Drain well and put in a dish that will fit a steamer basket or bamboo steamer.
  3. Add ginger, stock and coriander, stir well and put the bowl in steamer.
  4. Pour the pot or wok with water and bring to a rapid steamer, make sure that the steamer does not touch the water.
  5. Put the steamer over water, cover and steam for 30 minutes until lentils are soft.
  6. In a medium pan, heat ghee and cook cumin seeds, garlic, onion and chili for 8-10 minutes until brown. Stir occasionally.
  7. Add mint and half of onion mixture into lentils.
  8. Spread remaining onion mixture on top for garnish.
  9. Serve as a dip or side dish with crispy fried pappadums.