Dill and Yellow Lentil Gravy

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Hello everyone!

Today I bring to you an everyday staple yellow lentils/split grams (almost!!!) elevated to gourmet level by addition of Dill.

In olden days, dill was used in many traditional medicines, including medicines against jaundice, headache, boils, lack of appetite, stomach problems, nausea, liver problems, and much more.  Dill seeds can also be used to prepare herbal tea.

Dill is not most often used herb in Indian cooking as cilantro but has got a very strong flavor which enhances the boring yellow lentils and compliments it very well.

Dill and Yellow Lentil Gravy

Servings: 2


  • 1/3 cup yellow lentils rinsed thoroughly, soaked in 1 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp oil or ghee
  • 1/2 tsp black mustard seeds
  • 5-6 big cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 2-3 green chillis, finely chopped
  • 1 big red onion, chopped finely
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 bunch of dill, washed and finely chopped with stems removed
  • lemon juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tsp Indian Garam Masala powder
  • salt to taste
  • spring onions, finely chopped, to garnish


Cook the lentils in pressure cooker for 10-15 minutes until soft. Do not mash them.

Heat the oil or ghee in a deep skillet and add the mustard seeds and cover it.

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Once the mustard seeds stop popping, add garlic and green chillis and saute’ for 1 minute.

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Add onions to this and saute’ till they turn translucent.

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Now add turmeric powder. Later add dill and salt, cover and cook for 2-3 minutes.

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Mix the cooked yellow lentils with the onion and dill mixture.                              Add garam masala and cook for 2-3 minutes more.

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Add lemon juice just before serving and garnish with spring onions.             Enjoy it with roti/chapati or plain rice!



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