Red Lentil Daal

I’m excited to share with you a delicious red lentil daal recipe. Dahl is a classic Indian dish made of lentils simmered in spices and served over rice or naan bread. Not only is this vegetarian-friendly dish hearty and flavourful, it’s also packed with essential proteins that are beneficial for tissue growth and repair—perfect for anyone who leads an active lifestyle! Give this tried-and-true recipe from Dr. Mondkar’s a try: you’ll be glad you did!

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Red Lentil Daal



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  • 1 ½ cups dry red lentils

  • 1 large carrot finely diced

  • 1 small bell pepper

  • 1 large onion chopped

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger

  • ½ tbsp olive oil

  • 3 cups vegetable broth or water

  • 1 cup canned coconut milk

  • 1 ½ tsp ground cumin

  • 1 tbsp curry powder

  • ½ tbsp sugar

  • 1 tsp ground turmeric

  • 1 tsp paprika

  • Salt and black pepper to taste


  • Rinse lentils under running water. Chop the onion, bell pepper, and carrot.

  • Heat oil in a pot and sauté onion for about 3-4 minutes over medium heat. Then add carrot and bell pepper.

  • Add all spices, sweetener, lentils, and vegetable broth or water. Bring to a boil and let simmer for about 10 minutes.

  • Finally, add coconut milk and cook for a further 5 minutes or until the desired thickness of the dahl is reached.

  • Season with black pepper and salt. Taste and adjust the seasonings as needed.

  • Serve warm with basmati rice, potatoes, or naan (flatbread) and garnish with fresh herbs as desired.

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