Aam Daal (Raw Mango Lentil Soup)

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It’s summer.. it’s warm and it’s time for Mangoes. I love mangoes anytime …anyway!

If you love Mango and you like to travel, you should visit India during this time of the year. Well, that is just one of the many reasons you should visit India. Choose your time, I say summer because you can eat tons of  Mangoes and I mean sweet juicy mangoes. 

During this time of the year, the whole country smells of mango.. well, at-least all fruit shops and most kitchens, if not all.

I could eat mangoes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.. seriously!! There are so many different varieties available that you can never get bored…ever!

Out here, forget the shops even mangoes don’t smell like mango-ish.. you know what I mean! But, that didn’t stop me from eating these golden beauties. 


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Back at home during the peak summer, Mom would make ‘Aam daal’ or ‘Raw Mango Lentil soup’. It’s tangy and sweet, with little juicy bite in between and very comforting. You would love it warm as well as cold. Take a piece of bread and dip in it or pour some on white rice (that’s my Dad’s style) or just use a cup and drink it plain which is my style.


Aam Daal | Playful Cooking



Summer in India is super warm .. the heat can make you go crazy at times! During those humid afternoon a bowl of Aam Daal will surely cool you down… you will always ask for a little more. 

This daal can be made with any lentil you like. However, it’s more commonly made using red lentil (Masoor Daal) or yellow lentils (Toor Daal /Moong Daal). I used yellow lentils (Moong Daal) which is usually very light unless you dry roast them before boiling.

Aam Daal | Playful Cooking


Aam Daal | Playful Cooking


Dry roasting these yellow lentils gives it a wonderful smoky aroma which is very nutty and earthy. This technique of dry roasting Moong Daal is typically followed in Bengali kitchens. Once you add some grated ginger, green chilly and ghee (clarified butter), it becomes delicious with all those flavor combinations.

If the raw mangoes are too sour, you can blanch them before adding them to the daal.

Some like to mash these mangoes, some grate these, I like to cut them in bite size. By the way did you know Mangoes are called the ‘King of Fruit’ ?

This will serve 2 to 4 

Ingredients :

  • 1 cup moong daal
  • 1 raw green mango, peeled and chopped to bite size
  • 2 tbs ginger, finely grated
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tbs cumin seed
  • 1 tsp hing/asafoetida
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 green chilly, slit half
  • 2 bay leaves, either fresh or dry
  • 1 tbs ghee/clarified butter
  • 1 tsp chilly powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • salt
  • oil, I used olive oil

Directions :

Heat a pan and pour the moong daal.

Reduce the heat to medium and keep sauteing until it turns golden in color.

This will take about 2 to 3 minutes and you can make out that it’s done by the roasted aroma.

Once done, you need to boil the lentils with some salt.

Heat 2 tbs oil in a pan, add the bay leaf, ginger and onion.

Add some salt and saute until the onion becomes translucent.

Add the mango pieces, turmeric and some salt. Saute for about 3 minutes.

Now, pour the boiled lentils to the pan and add water if it looks too thick.

Add the green chilly and cook for about 5 minutes.

Check for salt and once done, keep it aside.

In a sauce pan, heat 1 tbs ghee. Add chilly powder, cumin seeds, asafoetida and cilantro. Keep in medium heat and cook for a minute. It will spatter so, be very careful.

After about a minute, pour the content on top of the daal.

Serve it hot with some bread or rice.

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Absolutely beautiful photographs! I’ve never cooked with lentil, though Mango is one of my most favorite fruits! Thank you for sharing this recipe, it looks wonderful!

gloria says:

This look delicious, love the colour!! gloria

Maureen says:

This is a beautiful soup and nobody could offer me anything with mango in it that I wouldn’t love. Looks delicious!

never made this….i have to try 🙂 mango chutney is made at home. i love mango pickle too 😀

I also love mangoes any time of year. This looks wonderful and I intend to make it!

Sissi says:

I love your blog and I love mangoes, especially in spicy sauces and chutneys, so your soup looks like something I would go crazy for. It’s such a pity, but here only one kind of mango is available.
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I am a mango lover. red, green, orange, amber. warm, cold, hot. raw and ripe. gimme it any time of the day and I will never turn it down.

You make this look so vibrant it jumping out of my computer and into my little hands. this is beautiful. I will be bookmarking this for when summer rolls around in Sydney.

Vimitha says:

Tangy and yummy looking curry… Loved the addition of dhal… Looks yum

nisha says:

i can dal in ny form any day…love tht pic of the lentils in a bucket…so cute

Sarmistha says:

You are an ace photographer.such lovely composition.extremely appealing shots!!
And the write up behind always forms such a lovely side dish to your recipes.
Love it!

sayantani says:

lovely clicks Kankana. that little bucket is so cute.

Hi Kankana! All of your pictures look so beautiful and I love how you styled each of the photo. The mango lentil soup looks beautiful and delicious at the same time!

melonpan says:

wow beautiful pictures. That looks gorgeous and delicious.now i am hungry T.T i will try out the recipe^^

Kelly says:

What a gorgeous looking soup! – I adore mangoes but have not worked with raw ones very often, so I’m quite intrigued. Your seasoning choices are also wonderful: ginger, cumin, cilantro, … I can taste this luscious soup across the miles.

rebecca says:

this looks really good I need to use Indian mango more

aipi says:

Oh wow, this is just delcious. Sometimes I see recipes that I have to instantly try and this seems like one of them. Love the shot of the mangoes n that cute little bucket:)
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Annapet says:

Mango madness continues! I love mangoes any time, too! The pride of the Philippines: mango is actually from India so I can totally relate with the mango love.

Thank you for sharing. You have gorgeous photos as usual!

mango lentil soup just sounds fabulous!!! 😀 i just looked through your comments on this post and i realized how i know almost every single person here. the beauty of networking. i love how we are all blog friends! 😀

Kankana says:

🙂 The beauty of networking indeed! I only wish sometime I can join some blog camp and meet you guys.

This is the soup I’ll eat again and again. Totally fabulous!

Kankana, this looks so refreshing. I want to try this out, but I have no clue where to get green mangoes here in Toronto. I’ve have to do some digging around! I’m sure the taste will be worth it :D.

Aam dal is a part of our daily Bengali lunch at home during summers. It is an all-time favourite for Bengalis. Kankana this dish is looking beautiful and I’d say again that you have a great sense of photography!

I’m a big mango fan, and I’m sure I’ll love this soup!
Nice shots as always!

We adore mangoes!! Funny, I didn’t really get them until I was in my 30’s, then they became widely availably and easy to get. My kids grew up with them, but I didn’t. I have a friend from Panama who said that she never had to pay for a mango until she moved to the US,and now looking at the prices and unripe fruits she is boycotting!
Love everything about this soup!! The photo of the lentils is beautiful, my fav on the page! But all are nicely done. Great post!

manju says:

I soo soo agree with what you’ve said, its like you have read my mind 🙂 You just have to be in India to savour those mangoes!sigh!

Tiffany says:

Absolutely stunning!

I know what you mean by the smell of mangoes. They can be no were closer to the aroma and taste of Indian mangoes. I just don’t understand why U.S doesn’t import Indian mangoes… shucks.. This year I paid $80 to buy 7 Indian mangoes online. Though it sounds pricey it was worth every bite.

Love this hearty Aam dhal and the beautiful pictures accompanying it. slurpp…

I am not big fan of lentils but my family is..I love mango though..this looks incredible to be honest with you! Very colorful and tasty..tempting!:)) I love your photos too!

sarah says:

I loooooove Mangoes and this soup looks so, so good!! We somehow got two lonely mangoes in our CSA box last week…I shoved them both in my mouth, of course, but now I’m hoping we get more so that I can try this recipe!

briarrose says:

Always a good time for mango…oh yes. Lovely soup.

Super warm is an understatement. Mangies are the best antidote!

I learn something new every day! I had no idea that India had such fresh and sweet mangos. Your mango soup looks fantastic! So vibrant and fresh.

Joyti says:

It sounds delicious…a nice contrast between the hearty dhal and the refreshing mango. I’ve never had dhal with fresh mango, only the dried…

Malli says:

I love mangoes in any shape or form but have never tried dal with it.. You are tempting me with those photos of your dal…it looks so delicious would be fantastic with rice:)

The recipe is really new to me and I am impressed actually this is the first time I heard that mango can be use as soup and it is really interesting and I would love to try it, because we have lots of mango in our place, we usually used mango in salad and deserts.

tigerfish says:

This tangy-spiced soup will certainly perk us up during summer!

Absolutely gorgeous photos!! The soup looks amazing too. I love all of the colours, it’s so vibrant.

delicious looking comforting soup love the colours

Kankana says:

Thank you for dropping by and the lovely comments. It motivates me every time 🙂

I have never used mango in a soup before – it looks delicious though! I like the idea of using mangoes and lentils together – two of my favorite foods. You have inspired me!

Natalie says:

So glad to have found you, congrats on Top 9! This daal looks beautiful, I’ve never added mango to mine before but now I can’t wait!! 😀

Kankana says:

Thanks Natalie 🙂

Vimitha says:

Hi dear, many congrats… happy to see ur post in Foodbuzz Top 9 July 12, 2011…

Kankana says:

Thanks Vimitha 🙂

Manu says:

Ohhh what a great recipe! Congratulations on Top 9 Kankana! Well deserved!!! I LOVE mango so this soup would be just perfect for me! I have been to India once in May and it was soooooooooooo hot and humid!!!! So I can imagine how refreshing anything with mango must feel! :-)))

Kankana says:

Thanks Manu 🙂

Wow, great soup! Congrats on making Top 9 on Foodbuzz! : )

Kankana says:

Thanks a lot 🙂

daksha says:

Hi kankana! first congrats on top 9 on foodbuzz. Aam daal is looking yummmmmm.. in my garden many row mangos must try:). thanks for sharing.

Kankana says:

Thanks Daksha 🙂 Give it a try .. you will like it!

Nazneen says:

Yum! That looks soooo good. I don’t think I have ever tried aam daal. I will have to make it because I love green mangoes and want recipes to make it other than achaar! I made daal the other day with kaddu…does this taste similar to that? I am going to have to make it I think.

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Mangoes and lentils together, a bowl of food heaven in this house! Another fascinating and delicious recipe that brought us sunshine and smiles. congrats on the top 9!

Mango and lentils?? Gotta make this soon 😀

To me, this combination of ingredients is so interesting–flavors I love like mango and cilantro, but have never had together.

Kankana, congrats on Top 9, my friend!! This soup sounds amazing… I love lentil, but I’ve never had it paired up with mango. Must try!

Love mangoes so much. It is very popular in the Philippines, too. This is such an unusual soup (to me) but something I would really like. I love sour soups and all sorts of lentils but never have them together. This is a good place to start.

Deepa says:

Looked awesome n simple…. so thought of trying it. It tasted good n tangy. Loved the Aroma of Tadka.:-)

Marisa says:

Love the bright, sunny feel of this dish!

Tangy and delicious dal..love mango in any form..

Rosa says:

A very unusual soup. It looks lovely and so tempting!



Hey!!! love the recipe…we also prepare this but use toor dal.Never tried with moong dal..