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Indian Red Lentil Dal
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Dal (Indian Red Lentil Curry)

Dal is a delicious and satisfying, healthy dish that is extremely easy to make.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: daal, dahl, dal, Indian food, red lentil dal
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 175kcal
Cost: $5


  • 1 cup dry red lentils
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • ¼ cup diced chili peppers Use serrano or Habanero for spicier tadka and use Jalapeno for milder tadka
  • ½ cup diced tomato fresh or canned
  • ¼ tsp. turmeric
  • ½ tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • ½ tsp. salt or to taste


  • Rinse the lentils through a sieve until the water runs clear.
  • In a medium pot, add the rinsed lentils and broth. Bring to a boil, once boiling reduce to a simmer. Stir occasionally until the lentils are soft and have absorbed most of the broth.

While the lentils cook, make the tadka:

  • In a separate saucepan, heat olive oil and butter.
  • Once the butter has melted, add the chopped onions and chili peppers and sauté for 5 minutes or until soft. Add the minced garlic and diced tomatoes and sauté an additional minute.
  • Season with cumin, chili powder, turmeric, and salt.
  • Once the lentils are finished cooking, stir the tadka into the pot. Taste and add more seasoning if needed. Allow the dal to simmer for a few minutes so the flavors can come together.
  • Serve with basmati rice and toasted naan bread.


Calories: 175kcal