Red Lentil Dal {Vegan, Gluten Free}
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Indian
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Serves: 3
Healthy, comforting dal made with red lentils, onions, and warming Indian spices
  • 1.5 cups (200g or 7 ounces) red split lentils
  • 3.5 cups (840ml) water
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 2 inch-long slices of ginger
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • ¼ tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp garam masala
  • ⅛ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro (coriander), washed and chopped
  • Brown rice and fresh lemon slices for serving
  1. Rinse the lentils in cold water and drain.
  2. Put the lentils and water in a pan with the turmeric and ginger slices.
  3. Bring to the boil, then turn down to simmer, covered, until they are soft (around 45 mins). The consistency should be like a soupy porridge (oatmeal) once cooked. If it is too thick, you can add some water until it reaches the desired consistency.
  4. Once cooked, remove the pieces of ginger from the lentils.
  5. Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp coconut oil in pan over a medium heat.
  6. Add the onion and cook gently for around 4 minutes, until translucent.
  7. Add the garlic and cook for a further 2 minutes.
  8. Add the cumin seeds, ground cumin, ground coriander, garam masala, and cayenne, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
  9. Remove from heat and add to the cooked lentils with ¼ tsp salt, or more to taste.
  10. Add fresh coriander and serve over a bed of brown rice with a squeeze of fresh lemon.
Recipe by The Wholesome Fork at