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Red Lentil Dahl

Red Lentil Dahl

Like creamy mashed potato with gravy, red lentil dahl is one of my favourite comfort foods. And the great thing is, it’s easy to make and is a very forgiving recipe that can be adjusted according to what you have in the fridge or pantry.

Time: 40 minutes


  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tbsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp chilli powder (omit if you don’t like spicy food)
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 375 g dry red lentils, rinsed
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • pinch sea salt
  • 2 cans (empty tomato cans) water

Heat oil in saucepan over medium heat then add cumin, coriander, garam masala, turmeric and chilli powder. Stir spices for 1 – 2 minutes, or until aromatic, then add onion and garlic continuing to stir until onion has softened.

Add lentils to mixture and give a good stir so that the onion/spice mix coats the lentils. Once coated add the tomatoes, sea salt and water. Bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook covered for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

The lentils should be tender now. Remove lid and cook for a further 5 minutes to reduce the excess liquid.

Serve hot with your favourite accompaniments – yoghurt, rice, papadums or naan bread.

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