Lentil Stew (Dhal Ghust) – Indian Recipes

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Indian recipes: This Indian recipe is made of lentils (Hindi: urad dhaal; English: black gram) and beef.

Lentils (Hindi: dhaal) are a staple food in India and are available in a large variety. Dhaal Ghust literally means “lentils and meat.” This Indian recipe is so delicious that it’ll leave you coming back for more.

  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Servings: 8-10
  • Prep Time: 1 hr (soaking lentils)
  • Cook Time: 2 hrs 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hrs


  • 2.5 cups of white lentil (also known as the following: urad dhaal, black gram, or vigna murngo)
  • 1½ lbs of stew beef
  • 1 sliced onion
  • 4 cloves of garlic (cut into smaller pieces)
  • 1 tablespoon ginger paste
  • 1-2 green chili peppers
  • ½ tablespoon turmeric powder
  • ½ tablespoon of red chili powder
  • ½ tablespoon of coriander powder
  • ½ tablespoon of salt
  • 1 cup of corn oil
  • chaat masala or gharam masala (as desired, also optional)
  • 2 inches of shredded ginger (optional)
  • ½ bunch cilantro or as preferred (optional)

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Submerge lentils in water for at least 1 hour. You can even soak it overnight. The longer the better.
  2. Slice one onion and add it to a frying pan. Add corn oil. Fry for 5 minutes medium heat.
  3. Add the following: beef, garlic cloves, turmeric powder, coriander powder, and ginger paste. Cook for 5-8 minutes until beef is no longer red.
  4. Cover and cook for 40 minutes low heat.  Make sure to stir occasionally.
  5. Wash the dhal. Add dhal to pan. Add 4 cups of water. Cook for another 20-25 on medium high until water boils. Stir occasionally.
  6. Once water boils, lower heat to medium. Let it cook for 30 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  7. Lower heat to low to avoid burning lentils. Let it cook for 20 minutes.
  8. Serve with an Indian bread like chapati. Add shredded ginger, gharam masala/chat masala, and green chili on top according to your preference.

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