"Dal" is a term used in South Asian cuisine to refer to dried, split legumes, such as lentils, peas, chickpeas, or mung beans. These legumes are typically split in half and the outer skin is removed, resulting in a fast-cooking and easy-to-digest ingredient. The term "dal" is also used to refer to dishes made with these legumes, such as dal soup or dal curry. The term is derived from the Sanskrit word "dal" or "dhal", which means "to split". Masoor lentils are common in the northern regions of India, and most likely originated in the mediterranean.
Dal soups are a staple of South Asian cuisine and are enjoyed by millions of people around the world for their delicious flavor, high nutritional value, and versatility in the kitchen. The history of dal soup can be traced back to ancient times, when lentils were first domesticated in the Middle East and then spread to other parts of the world, including India. The earliest known record of lentils being used in cooking dates all the way back to 5,000 BCE in Greece.
In addition to its rich history, dal soup has also gained attention for its many health benefits. Lentils are a great source of protein, fiber, and other essential nutrients, and they are known to help lower cholesterol, regulate blood sugar, and promote digestive health. These soups are also often made with a variety of spices and herbs that have their own health benefits, such as turmeric, ginger, and cumin.
Our creamy and comforting Red Lentil Dal Soup is full of red lentils & immune-boosting ingredients. It contains carrots, celery, and onions, in addition to warming spices like curry powder and cumin, plus rosemary, thyme, and black pepper. It’s also become a customer favorite over the years!
“The seasonings in this soup – cumin and curry powder – there’s so many health benefits. There’s so many functional ingredients good for your immunity, your joint health,” says Rene Lozzi, our Head of Food Innovation. “Of course the mirepoix brings the flavor, but these spices give the little extra *chef’s kiss* to this comforting soup.”
“Red Lentil Dal is ❤️. Definitely in the category of comfort food!” - Anastasia, customer
“I have found a new favorite in the Red Lentil Dal. I want more of it for lunch even though I’m full! 🙂” - Kim, customer