I have always wondered how many calories and how much protein I was getting when I had one of my favorite foods: my mom’s homemade daal. Daal is a very common dish in Pakistani and Indian culture and is made from orange lentils. Below is the recipe and nutrient analysis:
Masoor Dal (orange lentils) 1 cup
Water – enough to dip the lentils
*Wash and soak for half an hour
*Then on medium heat, add the following:
1 Tbsp Oil
1 tsp Chili powder
1 Tomato – cut into cubes
½ tsp turmeric powder
*Cook till the lentils are tender. Blend with the hand blender. Add salt and green chili. Add fresh chopped cilantro right before serving. Add jalapeños to spice it up.
Servings per Recipe: 4
Serving Size: 1 cup (8 oz)
Amount per Serving:
Total Fat 3.8 g
Protein 4.8 g
Many people add meat to daal and it would increase the calories per serving. I enjoyed 1 cup of daal with 1 cup of cooked rice and 1 cup baby vegetables that totaled up to 370 calories.
Lentils are a good source of protein and ½ cup of pure lentils will provide about 7-10 grams of protein!