Spicy Dal Soup

We’re entering the last week of winter with a blast of cold up here in New England and I’m just about out of my stock soup ingredients. Luckily, I had just enough of the three main ingredients for Mirepoix plus a bit of fresh ginger and garlic, some hot peppers  and Dal for this soup.  It’s easy and quick to make and the heat of the hot peppers will warm you right up. If spicy hot is not your thing, the peppers can be left out. This recipe doesn’t call for salt.  You can add salt to taste but I find that the butter provides just enough.

Recipe: Spicy Dal Soup


  • 1 small onion
  • 2 green onion
  • 1 small carrot
  • 1 large celery stalk
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 2 small hot peppers minced
  • 1 teaspoon tumeric
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup of Dal
  • 6 cups water


  1. Sautee mirepoix in oil.
  2. Add butter, peppers, and ginger.
  3. As the vegetables sautee, bring the water to boil in a pot. Add Dal to water.
  4. Add the spices and garlic to the mirepoix. Coat evenly and sautee for a couple minutes. Stir so it doesn’t burn.
  5. Add everything to the pot and cook on medium low for 20 minutes.
  6. Add more water if needed. The soup thickens up quite a bit.
  7. Serve with chopped green onion as a garnish.

Preparation time: 10 minute

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Number of servings (yield): 4

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