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Old 05-13-2018, 02:13 PM   #1
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Dahl; isnít it just lentil soup?

I did a search in this forum for ďdhalĒ and didnít come up with a thread that addresses my main question: isnít dahl just lentil soup flavored with Indian spices. I know the cooking process is a bit different than it is for Western soups, but otherwise, can I just skip the recipes, use whatever lentil or legume thatís available to me, and make my dahl? Iím not feeding anyone from the sub-continent, and Iím not planning on opening an Indian restaurant anytime soon (lol), so Iím not really concerned about authenticity, just if it tastes good to me!

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Old 05-13-2018, 02:14 PM   #2
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Basically, yes..
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Old 05-13-2018, 02:24 PM   #3
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Yes, but...

Dahl is both the name of the main ingredient and the resulting soup. Most often it's lentils. If you want to make a dahl recipe and just switch out the lentil/bean, go ahead and do it.

However, if you plan on making other changes keep in mind that at some point it stops being dahl (which suggests an Indian dish) and becomes just another lentil/bean soup.
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Old 05-13-2018, 06:08 PM   #4
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Is Dahl typically made from a specific kind of lentil? or are there as many different varieties as there are varieties of lentils? When I go to the Indian market, there is literally a whole aisle just for lentils , all different colors and sizes.
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Is Dahl typically made from a specific kind of lentil? or are there as many different varieties as there are varieties of lentils? When I go to the Indian market, there is literally a whole aisle just for lentils , all different colors and sizes.
Dal is a term for many different types of pulses..having dal is like saying I am having beans...that could mean a lot of things


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Old 05-14-2018, 09:23 AM   #6
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Dahl also isn't always soupy.
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