Citrus Daal Soup

A fresh, filling and hearty meal, that is sure to delight you!

About this Recipe

By: Muneerah Shiraz and Shampa Bandyopadhyay

This light yet filling soup for cooler weather is infused with Kaffir lime leaves, a unique Thai ingredient not usually found in this South Asian household staple. It makes the dish more refreshing and brings out a unique citrus flavour that blends very well with the lentils.

This recipe is courtesy my dear friend Shampa who makes simple vegetarian foods taste delicious by playing around with assorted spices!

  • 2 cups soaked Red Lentils (Masoor Daal)
  • 3 Kaffir Lime leaves (easily available at South Asian stores e.g. T&T Supermarket)
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Fenugreek seeds 
  • 1.5 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 3 whole Green chillies, slit
  • 2 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Chopped coriander for garnishing

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Fill 4 cups of water in a pot and bring to boil.

Step 2

Rinse the soaked lentils well and add to the pot along with turmeric.

Step 3

Tear the Kaffir lime leaves in half and add to the pot.

Step 4

Allow the lentils to cook on a low flame.

Step 5

Once the lentils are almost cooked heat a frying pan.

Step 6

Once the frying pan is hot add the coconut oil.

Step 7

Once the oil is hot add the green chillies, fenugreek seeds and cumin seeds, once the seeds turn brown pour the contents of the frying pan in the lentil pot.

Step 8

Add salt to taste and stir.

Step 9

Turn the flame to the lowest setting, cover the pot and allow the lentils to cook for another 10-15 minutes.

Step 10

Once ready, garnish with the chopped coriander and serve.


  • The Daal can be made with less water so its more like a curry instead of a soup.
  • For a spicier taste add chopped green chillies instead of whole. 

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