This lentil-based soup is the perfect protein-packed side to any vegetable dish!
Garnish with some fresh cilantro and serve warm with roti, naan, or toasted french bread.
Urad Dal - These are black lentils (or urad dal) that have been split and skinned.
Chana Dal - Chana Dal is also known as Split Bengal Gram. Be sure not to confuse it with Yellow split peas, as they are not the same. You can find this Dal at any local Indian market in bulk for cheap, or online.
To Cook Dal - Combine both the Urad and Chana Dal in a bowl. Wash and soak in water for about 20-30 minutes. Drain the water and cook using one of two methods: (1) Pressure Cooker , or (2) Pot of boiling water. Cook the Dal until soft, but not mushy. Drain the water after cooking the dal.
Asafetida (hing) - Although this powder is naturally gluten-free, it is almost always manufactured by diluting it significantly with wheat flour. There are some brands you can find that make it with rice flour. If you are uncertain and have a gluten-free diet, then you can easily omit this ingredient.