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A quick lentil stew/soup with yellow lentils and some veggies. 

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I made this with carrots and zucchini once, and with carrots and Brussels sprouts a week later. You can use any quick cooking lentils. If using split pigeon peas or green or yellow peas, add 5-10 minutes more of cooking time.
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I like a simple browned garlic tempering on the yellow lentils. A few spices and tomatoes make up the rest of the tadka.
Also, some other ways to use Brussels sprouts.. Bread them! and eat them as is as a snack or add them to your favorite pasta. or Curry them up in your favorite curry like the tomato onion here.

Yellow lentil Dal Stew/soup with Carrots and Zucchini/Brussels sprouts (Mung Daal)

5 from 1 vote
By: Vegan Richa
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Glutenfree, Indian, Vegan
A quick lentil stew/soup with yellow lentils and some veggies. Vegan and Glutenfree
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  • 1/2 cup yellow mung lentils or pink lentils, split skinless mung bean or red lentil, washed and soaked for atleast half an hour
  • 1.5 -2 cups water, 1.5 for thicker consistency
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or more to taste
  • 1/4 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/4 cup chopped or grated zucchini, or 1/4 cup chopped Brussels sprouts


  • 2 teaspoons organic canola oil or any organic oil with high smoke point
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds, Raee
  • 1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds, Saunf
  • 5-6 curry leaves
  • a generous pinch of asafoetida, hing
  • 1 green chili chopped or to taste, or red chili flakes
  • 3 medium garlic cloves chopped or minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 medium tomato chopped


  • In a deep pan or pressure cooker, add oil and heat on medium
  • Add mustard seeds an wait for them to sputter.
  • Add the asafoetida, fennel seeds and curry leaves and mix. Cook for half a minute
  • Add the chilli and garlic and cook for 5-7 minutes stirring frequently till the garlic browns up evenly.
  • Add in the carrots and Zucchini or Brussels Sprouts or both. You can add some other veggies per preference. Cook for a minute.
  • Add the tomato, turmeric and cook for 2-3 minutes until tomatoes get mushy,
  • Drain the lentils and add them to the pan, add salt, and water and mix well.
  • Pressure cook for 1 whistle (5 minutes on high pressure after pressure indicator turns on) or cook covered on low for 20-30 minutes until the lentils are tender and mushy.
  • Serve hot topped with chopped cilantro leaves or red chili flakes, with Roti/Naan Indian flat bread, Rice, dry veggie subzis or as a soup with garlic bread.
  • To refresh the daal the next day, in a small pan, add a teaspoon of oil, heat on medium, add 1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds, 3-4 curry leaves and chili flakes. Wait for the mustard seeds to sputter. Pour this over the heated Daal and serve.


Nutritional values are based on one serving


Calories: 234kcal, Carbohydrates: 35g, Protein: 13g, Fat: 5g, Sodium: 242mg, Potassium: 685mg, Fiber: 15g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 3310IU, Vitamin C: 68.2mg, Calcium: 55mg, Iron: 3.7mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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About Richa

Hi, I'm Richa! I create flavorful plant based recipes that are inspired by my Indian upbringing, including many gluten-free, soy-free, and oil-free options.

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  1. Patty Fong says:

    This is the first ‘meh’ recipe for me from this site. I found it very bland, almost tasteless. It needs something!

    1. Richa says:

      Must’ve needed some salt. Moong dal often needs more. The right amount of salt will bring out the spice flavor

  2. Monisha Reddy says:

    Can I make this in an Instant Pot ? how long would I cook it for and what would be the ratio of lentils to water /

  3. Nick says:

    5 stars
    Spectacular! We added some extra veggies and onions to ours and made a 12-person recipe in our large soup pot. Other than paring back the chilis a bit to suit our baby’s palette, we mostly stuck with the recipe as written. Highly recommended for a great one-pot meal.

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  4. Nancy says:

    I noticed that some of the recipes on the blog have a box that can be clicked to print them out and some do not. This one does not appear to. Is there a reason for this?

    Love your stuff!