Red Lentil Dahl

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recipe by Octopus Publishing

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Dahl is a satisfying, thick lentil stew that is warm with Indian spices. Here it is served simply, piled onto naan bread with a scattering of fresh coriander, but it would be just as good as part of an Indian feast.

recipe updated 8 Jun 2020


  • Onion icon
    x 2 (about 280g)
  • Red bell pepper icon
    Red bell pepper
    x 1 (about 150g)
  • Tomato icon
    4 (560g)
  • Garlic clove icon
    Garlic clove
  • Coriander icon
    ½ cup (about 14g)
  • Peanut oil icon
    Peanut oil
    2 tbsp (about 30ml)
  • Curry powder icon
    Curry powder
    4 tsp (8g)
  • Ground turmeric icon
    Ground turmeric
    2 tsp (5g)
  • Red lentils icon
    Red lentils
    300g (about 1½ cups)
  • Vegetable stock icon
    Vegetable stock
    900ml (900ml)
  • Salt & pepper icon
    Salt & pepper
    1 dash
  • Greek yogurt icon
    Greek yogurt
    1 tbsp (about 15g)


  • kCook icon Frying pan
  • kCook icon Large serving bowl

Step preview

  1. Add peanut oil, onion and red bell pepper to a clean frying pan
  2. Cook until softened - approx 3 min
  3. Add tomato and garlic clove to the mixture
  4. Cook - approx 2 min
  5. Add curry powder, ground turmeric and red lentils to the mixture
  6. Stir well
  7. Add vegetable stock to the mixture
  8. Boil - approx 5 min
  9. Reduce and cover
  10. Simmer until just cooked - approx 15 min
  11. Add salt & pepper to the mixture
  12. Transfer mixture to 4 large serving bowls
  13. Add greek yogurt to the large serving bowls
  14. Garnish with coriander
  15. Serve immediately
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