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Red Lentil Dahl

Red Lentil Dahl

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Using split lentils lets this Indian red lentil dahl be ready to eat in just 20 minutes!

  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x



1 tablespoon olive oil

2 large onions, chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

2 inches fresh ginger, peeled and minced

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon garam masala

1 teaspoon turmeric

1 teaspoon ground coriander

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon paprika

3 1/2 cups chicken or vegetable broth

1 2/3 cups dry split red lentils

1 cup unsweetened coconut milk

2 roma tomatoes, diced

1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

2 teaspoons brown sugar

Juice of 2 limes

Serve with:

1 recipe coconut jasmine rice

1 recipe cucumber raita

1 recipe garlic naan


  1. Place lentils in a mesh strainer and rinse under cold water until the water runs clear. Set aside.
  2. Place a pan over high heat and add olive oil. Add the onions and sauté until translucent and they soften, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and ginger and cook for 1 more minute.
  4. Add the spices and cook for 30 seconds.
  5. Add the broth and lentils. Stir and bring to a simmer. Cover and reduce heat to medium. Cook for 10 minutes, or until lentils have absorbed most of the liquid.
  6. Add the coconut milk and tomatoes. Cook for another 5-10 minutes, until the lentils are tender and the dahl is thick. If it gets too thick, you can add more broth or coconut milk.
  7. Season with kosher salt, pepper, brown sugar, and lime juice. Taste and adjust any seasonings as needed.
  8. Serve the dahl with coconut rice, cucumber raita, and garlic naan


This recipe creates a mild level of spice. You can eliminate or reduce the cayenne pepper if you don’t want any spice, or add more if you like it extra spicy.

  • Author: Carole Jones
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Indian


  • Serving Size: 1/8
  • Calories: 452
  • Sugar: 9 g
  • Sodium: 722 mg
  • Fat: 15 g
  • Saturated Fat: 7 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 3 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 61 g
  • Fiber: 25 g
  • Protein: 23 g
  • Cholesterol: 5 mg