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Red Lentil Dahl (Easy Indian Recipe) by Bianca Zapatka

This Easy Indian Red Lentil Dahl recipe is a must-try if your're looking for a flavourful curry, soup or stew dish. that's vegan and protein-rich. It's delicious, healthy and one of the best lentil dishes to warm you up in winter or for cold weather.

For the recipe you need:

  • 1-2 tbsp coconut oil or other neutral oil for frying)
  • 2 onions chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tsp ginger minced or more to taste
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp red paprika powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala or other curry powder to taste
  • 1 ⅔ cups dry red lentils
  • 3 ¼ cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup strained tomatoes or chopped tomatoes, optional
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tsp coconut sugar or to taste
  • 2-3 tbsp lime or lemon juice or to taste

to serve

  • 4-6 tbsp non-dairy yogurt
  • fresh parsley (or coriander)
  • sesame seeds
  • rice cooked
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  1. Heat the coconut oil in a skillet or saucepan. Add the chopped onions, and sauté for 2-3 minutes until translucent. Then add the garlic and ginger sauté for another minute until fragrant. Lastly, add the spices, and sauté for a few seconds to unfold flavors.
  2. Place the lentils in a fine-mashed sieve and rinse until cold running water. Then add them to the onion mixture in the skillet. Pour in the vegetable broth, stir to combine, and bring to a simmer. Cook covered for 8-10 minutes, or until the lentils have absorbed most of the liquid.
  3. Add the coconut milk and strained tomatoes (if using) and simmer another 5-10 minutes, or until the lentils are tender. (If the sauce is too thick, add a little more broth or coconut milk, until the desired consistency is reached). Season with salt, pepper, coconut sugar, and lime juice to taste.
  4. Garnish your dahl with a swirl of non-dairy yogurt, fresh chopped parsley or coriander, and sesame seeds or other toppings you like. Serve over rice or with homemade vegan naan or aloo paratha or use it as a filling for your favorite hearty pancake, crêpes, or tortilla recipe.
  5. Enjoy!


Would you like to learn more about vegan cuisine and Bianca Zapatka? Then be sure to check out our Nolte Küchen Kitchentalk with Eva Brenner and Bianca Zapatka. 

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