mulo diye motor dal – split pea lentils with roasted turnip

by Kristina Sloggett

in Dinner,Gluten Free,Meatless Monday,recipes,Vegan

roasted turnip dal

I know, another dal?

It’s turnip week with Meatless Mondays, and I roasted some turnips.


I could have stopped there, with the roasted turnips. Have you ever done that, roasted turnips? You should, you really should. I had to stop myself from eating the entire batch, they taste so good.

After publishing the recent book review and that incredible dal recipe, I discovered another blog, Spices and Pisces. Soma commented on that post and gave some suggestions for ghee substitutions. I visited her site and found this recipe for mulo diye motor dal – split pea lentil soup using turnip or radish.

dal with roasted turnips

Mine was less of a soup than it was a bowl of fragrant flavor – which was perfect and we loved it. I followed Soma’s suggestion of topping this with cilantro and pickle – my friend gave me amazing homemade pickles recently – and this was perfect too. I will be topping dal with pickles more often, for sure!

My cooking notes:

I soaked the lentils overnight.

I used 4.5 cups of water to cook the soaked lentils in – and I simmered this on medium heat for 40 – 45 minutes.

I roasted the turnip rather than microwaving it (after chopping into cubes) – tossed in olive oil, salted, and roasted at 325 for 25 minutes.

I also added ginger paste as this cooked – finely chopped / smashed fresh ginger (one inch).

Please see the original recipe here. It was delicious.

roasted turnip dal

To see other turnip creations, visit Heather:




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