December 14, 2013
 Posted by Sowmya

Stewed Lentils with Yogurt and Cucumbers

Today I felt like doing nothing. I feel like I have repeated this multiple times in my blog. But that’s the reality. Most of the time, I don’t feel like doing anything. I want to just kickback, relax and hope someone pampers me. I am kind of lazy like that. So, I thought I would make a dish as simple as it comes and call it a day. The one thing that stuck to me was good old Dal Chawal – Lentils and Rice. But for the past two weeks, I had Dal Khichadi a few times and it bored me like anything. So, I wanted to try it with a twist this time and here it is, Stewed Lentils with Yogurt and Cucumber.

I really love lentils. They have such a mellowing taste that you could add anything with them and make it quite delicious. My dad lovingly calls me “pappu” because of my love for lentils (Pappu is the Telugu word for Lentils).

In Andhra Pradesh, people have rice mixed with lentils and ghee and take a bite of salted green chillies in between morsels. You will only have to taste it to experience it as I do not have any words to describe that taste. This recipe uses a similar concept but with a few little additions to make it manageable for people that do not like spice. The additions are yogurt and cucumber that reduce the heat from chillies.

You can have it on a cold day and feel filled. Plus Lentils are a great source of protein too. So, dudes and bettys, Stewed Lentils with Yogurt and Cucumber.

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Stewed Lentils with Yogurt and Cucumbers
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Indian Dal topped with yogurt and diced cucumbers
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 4
For the Lentils
  • 1 tsp of cumin seeds
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 4-5 garlic cloves,minced
  • 2 tbsp minced and peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 cups of dried red lentils, rinsed
  • salt to taste
For Serving
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • 1 cup diced cucumber (peeled and seeded)
  • 1 fresh green chilli, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup of chopped fresh coriander leaves,plus few sprigs for garnish
  • 1 tbsp of lemon juice
  • 4 cups of cooked basmati rice
  • 1 cup of plain yogurt
  1. To make the lentils : Heat a medium pan over medium high. Add oil and once its hot , add some cumin seeds until fragrant. Add some onions,garlic and ginger. Cook,stirring often,until tender, about 5 minutes. Add some turmeric and cook for 1 minute.
  2. Add 5 cups of water and the lentils. Bring to a boil; reduce to simmer and cover it partially. Cook until lentils are thick and soft for about 15 minutes. Season with salt.
  3. Meanwhile, combine onion,cucumber,chopped cilantro and lemon juice in a bowl; season with salt and chili powder(Optional)
  4. To serve, divide rice among 2 bowls and ladle lentils over rice; top with yogurt and cucumber mixture. Garnish with cilantro leaves.


Fun fact, Lentils are called –

Pappu” in Telugu

Dal” in Hindi

Parupu” in Tamil


20 comments on “Stewed Lentils with Yogurt and Cucumbers”

  1. rumela Reply

    Beautiful shots!! love the recipe … will try your lentils with yogurt and cucumbers!

    • Sowmya Reply

      Thanks dear

  2. Nava Krishnan Reply

    Just like you, I am feeling lazy today. Suppose to do some cleaning but nothing of that sort took place. The only thing about cucumber is eating it raw. Never added into dhal before. Nice idea and I certainly can see the awesome outcome. On the other hand, dhal has to be there, at least for my other half, almost every week. I shall try this version of yours, that for next week.

    • Sowmya Reply

      Yea nava krishnan . I am so lazy these days .. I am glad u liked the outcome :)
      Do let me know how it turned out

  3. Rekha Reply

    Oh I love dal any day… It’s my kind of comfort food and this looks delicious . I love the pics… Awesome

    • Sowmya Reply

      Yea I totally agree on that. It’s delicious anytime :)

  4. Bill Reply

    Beautiful bowl of lentils! Love this recipe. Thanks for sharing. BTW, I can totally relate to being lazy sometimes! :-)

    • Sowmya Reply

      Oh you are so sweet Tandy :)
      Thanks my friend.

    • Sowmya Reply

      Thanks john :)

  5. Ash-foodfashionparty Reply

    Definitely comfort food.
    Lazy is good, especially during the winter months. Glad you are feeling better.

  6. Rosa Reply

    Mouthwatering! This combination is perfect.



  7. Shruti@Part Time Chef Reply

    You aren’t alone Sowmya…in wanting to relax and hoping to be pampered :). This is a nice twist on the khichadi. Must try.

  8. easyfoodsmith Reply

    Lentils and rice is our comfort food and I can have everyday. The stew looks lovely and beautiful presentation.

  9. Kumar's Kitchen Reply

    warm,comforting and deliciously soul warming stew…looks so good…perfect for a quick supper,thanks :-)

  10. Brande Reply

    Wow, marvelous blog. And may all your days be merry and bright and may your Christmas be white! Merry Christmas!!

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