Indian Mango Dal

January/February 2010

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More than 60 different types of dal (or dhal) are made across India. The basic dish contains lentils or other legumes flavored with aromatics and spices. Here, yellow lentils (toor dal) and mango are cooked in a more traditionally Southern India style—more souplike. Both ripe and underripe mango will work: less-ripe mango imparts a tart flavor and holds its shape, while riper mango breaks down more during cooking and gives the dish a sweeter taste. Serve over basmati rice or with roasted chicken.

"Like others, I used red lentils, because that was what I had on hand. I cut down on prep time by using frozen mango, and used frozen cilantro cubes also. It comes together pretty quickly, and I have made it several times. I find that I...
Indian Mango Dal

24 Reviews for Indian Mango Dal

Great use of fresh mango

Mangos are in season right now, and they are amazing! I couldn't decide between green mango and mature mango, so I used one of each, and it was fantastic! Like many others, I couldn't find yellow lentils, so I used green, but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. I loved the sweetness of the mango paired with the spices. I served it over Madagascar pink rice, which has nice flavor and texture.

Indian Mango Dal over Madagascar pink rice
Very tasty and healthful

This is so, so good. A little sweet from the mango, a good, tender bite from the lentils, a winning combo, for me!

Delicious, healthful, full of fiber
So delicious!

I made this for weekly lunches and I'm in love. I used green lentils and ground ginger b/c it was what I had on hand. Aside from having to cook just a little longer, the recipe went exactly as stated.

It reheats well so leftovers are ok. Very comforting, very tasty. This is definitely something you could serve to guests.

Easy, filling, comforting, inexpensive, great as leftovers
Fabulous recipe with some tweaking

Based on other reviews, I used frozen mango cubes (which I defrosted prior to adding to the lentil mixture. Unable to find yellow lentils, I used yellow split peas that were just as good. I found the seasoning a bit bland, so I added 1 tsp. more of toasted cumin seeds and 1/2 cup more of chopped cilantro. Then it was perfect!

cheap, simple, easy
Perfect accompaniment to turkey

I took this dish to a Thanksgiving dinner as a side since I don't tend to like the traditionally bland sides. This dish was a huge success and the flavors paired perfectly with the turkey. For those who dont like mangoes, in the dish all blended with the spices and cilantro, you can barely tell they are mangoes; the sweetness and acid come through the most. I used yellow lentils and the whole dish was bright yellow, with cilantro pieces throughout. I thought even more cilantro would have been better.

Healthy, unique, interesting combination of flavors

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