Spicy Lentil Dal

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    Total Time
    1hr 0mins
  • Serves icon
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based on 1 ratings

This lentil dal is full of color and flavor. Don't worry about the heat, you can make it as mild or hot as you like. We served ours with quinoa, but it's great with rice or naan bread too. Don't forget to rinse the quinoa thoroughly before cooking with it.

recipe updated 8 Oct 2019


  • Lentils icon
    1 cup (202g)
  • Ginger icon
    1 tsp (2g)
  • Ground turmeric icon
    Ground turmeric
    1.5 tsp (3g)
  • Onion icon
    about ½ units (70g)
  • Salt & pepper icon
    Salt & pepper
    as needed
  • Water icon
    1 liter (1000ml)
  • Lime juice icon
    Lime juice
    1.5 tbsp (22g)
  • Grapeseed oil icon
    Grapeseed oil
    2 tbsp (30ml)
  • Cumin seeds icon
    Cumin seeds
    1 tsp (2g)
  • Garlic clove icon
    Garlic clove
  • Red bell pepper icon
    Red bell pepper
    about ½ cup (76g)
  • Cayenne pepper icon
    Cayenne pepper
    as needed
  • Coriander icon
    3 tbsp (5g)


  • kCook icon Wooden spoon
  • kCook icon Stove
  • kCook icon Frying pan
  • kCook icon Large saucepan

Step preview

  1. Add lentils, ginger, ground turmeric, onion, salt & pepper and water to a clean large saucepan
  2. Heat gently until just boiling
  3. Reduce until simmering - medium heat
  4. Cook until tender - 35 min
  5. Add lime juice to the large saucepan
  6. Simmer while stirring occasionally - approx 1 min
  7. Mash briefly with potato masher
  8. Set aside and turn off heat
  9. Add grapeseed oil to a clean frying pan
  10. Heat - medium heat
  11. Add cumin seeds to the frying pan
  12. Heat - high heat
  13. Stir - approx 10 sec
  14. Add garlic clove to the frying pan
  15. Cook until light golden
  16. Add red bell pepper to the frying pan
  17. Cook until softened and turn off heat - approx 1 min
  18. Transfer content of frying pan to large saucepan
  19. Add cayenne pepper and coriander to the large saucepan
  20. Serve
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