Ginger-Infused Cauliflower Dal with French Lentils

Cauliflower Dal French Puy Lentils are these mottled, dark gems that cook up into pearly black deliciousness.

I love these little guys because they have a peppery flavor that goes nicely with Indian spices. This time, I substituted them for the pink lentils (masoor) I use to make Cauliflower Dal. They were so good, I am never making this dish without them again.

This dal makes a great weeknight meal with some boiled rice and subzi. The lentils cook quite fast and easily in my pressure cooker, although I guess they’d do pretty well too in a microwave because of their tiny size.

It’s a busy weeknight so I’m going to stop nattering and get on with the recipe. Here we go!
French puy lentils


Cauliflower Dal with French Lentils
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 8
  • 1 cup French Lentils, cooked in a pressure cooker or put in a microwave-safe bowl with enough water to cover the lentils, and microwaved until tender
  • 1 medium head of cauliflower, separated into florets
  • 1 red onion, sliced thinly
  • 1-inch knob of ginger, grated
  • 1 tbsp canola or vegetable oil
  • 6 green cardamom pods, bruised
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • For tempering:
  • 1 tsp vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  1. Heat the 1 tbsp vegetable oil and add cardamom
  2. Stir for a minute and add the onions.
  3. Fry on medium heat until the onions brown at the edges.
  4. Add the ginger and stir for a few seconds.
  5. Add the coriander powder, chilli powder and turmeric and stir to coat with oil.
  6. Add the cauliflower and salt to taste. Stir well, add ½ cup of water, cover and let cook until the cauliflower is tender.
  7. Add the lentils and stir well. Cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes. Check salt.
  8. Heat the oil for tempering. Add the cumin seeds and, when they sputter, add the garlic.
  9. Stir-fry the garlic until light brown. Pour the garlic-oil mixture on the dal.
  10. Garnish with coriander and serve hot with rice.


Here’s Opie looking very, very thoughtful. Honestly, sometimes I think he’s pondering the meaning of life. Or at least how to get his next treat.

And Lucy Big Ears, in a playful mood after dinner.

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14 thoughts on “Ginger-Infused Cauliflower Dal with French Lentils

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    Mahimaa's kitchen

    October 24, 2008 at 3:30am

    Very different from the usual cauliflower subji. Makes a hearty meal with rice.. I agree.

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    October 24, 2008 at 5:08am

    Opie makes me pitty with his innocent face, The lentil and Gobi combo is just awesome :)

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    Divya Vikram

    October 24, 2008 at 6:31am

    That is a new lentil variety I have never seen..Looks like a protein packed dish.

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    October 24, 2008 at 7:45am

    Delicioussss Lentils..n healthy too…Opie looks cute..

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    October 24, 2008 at 8:32am

    opie and lucy are adorable…
    and need i say anything abt the recipe! puy lentils given indian twist. very innovative vaishali.

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    Destiny's Vegan Kitchen

    October 24, 2008 at 7:29pm

    Your pups are so lucky to have a mom like you! You’re one of the sweetest, most caring people. :o) And they’re probably always drooling around the kitchen there. I would be!

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    October 25, 2008 at 5:07am

    wow, what a delicious combo! the curry/dal looks simply marvelous. Opie and Lucy look so adorable. Have a great weekend.

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    October 26, 2008 at 1:19am

    my husband loves the cauliflower. I’ll need to try this, it sounds yummers.

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    October 26, 2008 at 4:21pm

    Hi there, I called via Suranga’s (gappa) site and the reason ? your dish sounds absolutely delicious and after having read the ingredients and recipe my south is watering. Unfortunately I can’t take advantage of the recipe as I am married to a man who can’t eat spices, sauces and goodness knows what else – he also hates the smell of these – he counts brocolli and cauliflower as exotic vegetables for goodness sake ! ARGHH ! he drives me insane at times – I manage to cope for a month or so and then have to call at my friends with a couple of other friends and we all go out and splurge out on having a spicy meal either Chinese or Indian – yum! My next visit is coming up this week and I am really desperate for a spice of any kind my palate has all but died… Thanks for the third handed enjoyment of your Ginger Cauliflower with Lentils – It sounds really very appetising. Cheers from Scotland, Kate x.

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    October 26, 2008 at 6:32pm

    Hey vaishali, Opie and Lucy look so cute:-) Lovely recipe with french lentils and cauliflower. I love french lentils too, they cook up so fast. These are good substitute to whole masoor dal.

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    October 26, 2008 at 11:18pm

    Wishing you and your family a happy diwali!

    Wow, beautiful header Vaishali!

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    Gita's Kitchen

    October 27, 2008 at 12:28am

    This is very different from the dal I make. Love the idea of using cauliflower in dal, looks hearty.

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