Red Lentils

Serves: 4

 Prep Time: 20 mins Cooking Time: 60 mins Total time: 60 minutes

Lentils are high in protein and can be a good supplement to your diet. This recipe is best tried in it’s classic form, which happens also to be the simplest way to make them. In this manner one can experience the natural aroma, and texture of this dish. It tastes especially good with a side dish of rice or chapatti.


  • 1 cup dried red lentil – rinsed
  • 1 onion
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 1 thumb size ginger
  • 1 clover garlic
  • 1 thumb size ginger
  • 1-2 fresh peppers
  • 1 tbsp. butter or olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. turmeric
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. coriander
  • 1 tbsp. salt
  • 4 cups water


  1. Peel and chop the onions, garlic and ginger and peppers.
  2. In a pot heat butter (medium high heat). Add onion, garlic, ginger and peppers. Sauté till it becomes soft (4-5 minutes).
  3. Add tomatoes and sauté mixture for 2-3 minutes
  4. Add turmeric, salt, pepper, Cook for 2 minute creating a paste mixture.
  5. Add the red lentils and mix with the spices
  6. Add water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until lentils have broken up. Approximately 20-30 minutes
  7. Adjust level of spice as required

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Beautiful! I love dal. So much that I eat it almost every day! I add just a bit of chili powder for a little kick and saute in coconut oil 🙂


    1. It’s also amongst our favorite go to dishes!

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      1. Real comfort food 🙂


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