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Delicious Pakistani Dhal

What you need: 

3 cups water or vegetable stock
1 cup dry red lentils
4 to 5 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 medium onion, diced
1/2 medium-sized ginger root, peeled and chopped
2 to 3 cloves garlic, diced or crushed
2 teaspoons curry powder
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon red chili powder
salt and pepper, to taste
1/2 (14 ounce) can chopped tomatoes

What you do: 

1. Heat water or stock in pot until boiling. Add lentils and boil for one minute. Reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer lentils until they resemble a thick paste.
2. While lentils are simmering, heat oil in frying pan. Add onion, ginger, and garlic; fry until soft. Add curry, coriander, cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper; saute for 2 to 3 minutes.
3. Add tomatoes; saute for another 3 to 5 minutes. Add fried spice mixture into lentil paste, stir and cook an additional 15 to 20 minutes.
Serve as is or over basmati rice.

Preparation Time: 
45 minutes
Cooking Time: 
4 to 6
Recipe Category: 


Followed the directions perfectly except that I didn't have any ginger. This is an excellent recipe. I made a double batch and froze half of it. Leftovers will be great :)


This was FANTASTIC! I made it for a friend a week ago and it was a big hit! We added a bit more curry powder and some cardamom because we like spicy food and I got stuck making it with green lentils in place of red, but it was delicious.

I will definitely be making this one again and again!


Very good!  I added a veg bouillon cube to the water and threw in a cubed potato too.  I love this dish, thanks for the recipe!  :)


I made this last night and it was really good and easy. I cooked the onions forever because I like my onion well-done. I used pre-crushed garlic and ginger; so I estimated one semi-heaped teaspoon to one clove of garlic. And I don't much like ginger so I only put one teaspoon of ginger in. I thought I was going to have trouble getting the lentils to a thick paste consistency and I did, but it didn't matter. The spices seemed like a lot when I was adding them to the garlic, but they were perfect.

A very delicious recipe, that my boyfriend couldn't eat fast enough. We loved it.


Wow, this is an amazing dish!  I'm a big lentil fan, and this is my new favorite lentil dish! 


This was very good.  I added zucchini to make sure I got a vegetable in there.  I served it over rice and my non-veggie husband loved it, too!


Oh my goodness, this dahl is delicious.
The spices smell heavenly, but I think I'll add a little more of them next time, since I could just taste hints of them. Still absolutely delicious, though.

I think this would work well as a taco filling, for an interesting twist.
It's the perfect consistency for a dip as well. I'm eating it with crackers right now.  :)


This is awesome!  It is flavorful without being aggressive.  I prepared it per the recipe and put some lentils on a salad with bell peppers, tomatoes, and Follow Your Heart thousand island dressing.  It tasted almost like a taco salad.  I'm going to buy some corn chips and make it again tomorrow.  I can imagine lots of variations for this recipe.

I made a double batch.  If you undercook your beans a little bit, you can freeze them.  They tend to soften after having been frozen, so they're better a bit undercooked going into the freezer.  Beans are a good food for bacterial growth, so if you do freeze them, thaw them in the refrigerator instead of on the counter.


this was good. i ended up using a whole 14.5 ounce can of stewed tomatoes because that's all we had on hand.

i've never had any kind of Indian food so i don't know what it's supposed to taste like, and i admit i (only slightly) changed the amount of those spices i put in, but to me this recipe tasted like the taco filling my mom used to make--which is good because i love her tacos but it's made with meat instead of beans/lentils.

and my boyfriend liked it, so thats always a plus :)


OH MY GOODNESSSS!!! Super Awesome recipe!!!!!



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