Lentil Dahl

I decided to try an Indian recipe and made some healthy  lentil Dahl. Dahl is one of favourite things to eat when having Indian food and it’s also a really easy and nutritious vegetarian meal option. I had mine with some brown rice and yoghurt with mint and it turned out to be a perfect hearty winter meal.



  • Some Coconut oil/ Olive oil depending on preference
  • 2 cups of red lentils
  • 1 onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • Chilli Flakes (I only use a light sprinkle but if you enjoy heat you can use more)
  • A bunch of fresh Coriander
  • Salt to taste



  1. Thoroughly rinse the lentils with cold water. Place into a sauce pan with a generous amount of water to come to about 3 fingers above the surface . Leave it to cook on a high heat to bring it up to a boil, when most of the water has reduced and then bring it down to simmer. Get rid of any scum that appears on the top while it’s cooking.
  2. Once the lentils are nearly done add in turmeric and some salt and mix thoroughly and continue to cook on a low heat. The lentil mixture should achieve a thick but pourable consistency, you may find that while it’s cooking you need to add some more water.
  3. In a separate pan use some coconut oil or olive oil depending on your preference. I alternate between the two every time I make this and I think they both taste delicious. In each case just use enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan.
    1. Finely chop the onion and garlic and add it to the oil to cook.
    2. Before adding in the cumin seeds cook them in a separate pan without using any oil (dry-fry them). Once they have changed colour and appear cooked add them to the onion and garlic.
    3. Add in the chilli flakes.
    4. Add this mixture to the lentils and mix throughly
  4. Chop up some fresh coriander and mix it in.





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