How to make Dal Shorba -

Split green gram cooked with spices to make a delicious creamy soup.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe is from the book Cooking with Olive Oil.

Main Ingredients : Split Black Gram, Ghee (घी)

Cuisine : Indian

Course : Soups

Dal Shorba

Dal Shorba Recipe Card


History of Indian cuisine dates back to nearly 5,000-years ago when various groups and cultures interacted with India that led to a diversity of flavours and regional cuisines.
Indian cuisine comprises of a number of regional cuisines.  The diversity in soil type, climate, culture, ethnic group and occupations, these cuisines differ from each other mainly due to the use of locally available spices, herbs, vegetables and fruits. Indian food is also influenced by religious and cultural choices and traditions. 
Foreign invasions, trade relations and colonialism had introduced certain foods to the country like potato, chillies and breadfruit.    

Prep Time : 21-25 minutes

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Dal Shorba Recipe

  • Split Black Gram 1 cup

  • Ghee

  • Salt to taste

  • Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Pure ghee 2 tablespoons

  • Whole dry red chillies 2-3

  • Green chillies finely chopped 2-3

  • Cumin seeds 1/2 teaspoon

  • Ginger paste 1 teaspoon

  • Garlic paste 1 teaspoon

  • Sugar 1/2 teaspoon

  • Lemon juice 1 teaspoon


Step 1

Heat olive oil in a deep pan. Add onion and sauté for a minute. Add ginger, garlic and green chillies.

Step 2

Sauté on low heat and add turmeric powder, salt, roasted cumin powder and drained dal. Add five cups of water.

Step 3

Bring to a boil and cook, on medium heat, for ten to fifteen minutes or till dal is very soft. Pass through a soup strainer.

Step 4

Bring strained dal to a boil and add water to adjust consistency. Continue to simmer for two to three minutes. Add lemon juice and mix.

Step 5

Serve piping hot garnished with coriander leaves.

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