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Lentil Dahl

What you need: 

1 onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoon (15 g) vegan margarine (I use Vitalite)
1-1/3 cup (250 g) split red lentils or toor dal
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon chili powder, or more to taste
3 cups (750 ml) water
1.8 ounces (50 g) creamed coconut

What you do: 

1. Fry the onion in margarine for 10 minutes until soft and lightly browned.
2. Add lentils, garlic, cumin, salt, turmeric, and chili; stir for 2 to 3 minutes.
3. Add the water, bring to the boil, and simmer gently for 25-30mins, until the lentils are tender.
4. Add the creamed coconut and stir over the heat until dissolved.
5. Check seasoning and serve with rice.
This is a REALLY simple recipe, it's really easy to make too and tastes amazing!
I also made this using toor dal which are different kind of lentil, they should be available in the Indian food section in most supermarkets.
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I did! :)
Source of recipe: This is a recipe that my Mum gave me a long time ago after she made this for me and I loved it. I lost it and recently got it back again thanks to my sister.

Preparation Time: 
5 minutes, Cooking time: 40 minutes
Cooking Time: 
40 minutes
Recipe Category: 


Supper fast and easy recipe.  I love the creaminess of this dish. I added some cayenne pepper to this dish to give it a little kick and I think next time i make it i want to add some cauliflower to it.  I think that cauliflower would go well with the creaminess of this dish. 


That's great Marian! :D The cubed potatoes sounds like a wonderful idea, I'll definitely give that a go the next time I make it.


This is a super fast and incredibly delicious meal.  I, too, subbed 1 1/2 cups broth with one can of coconut milk and it came out great.  I was rummaging through the pantry trying to decide what to make for dinner and literally had nothing in the house.  I only had some black lentils and some French lentils, but regardless of the color -- this was so good!  I had a few leftover baked potatoes in the fridge that I peeled, cubed, and added and my  husband kept asking me if this was something I worked on all day because it was so good.  If he only knew that this took just a few minutes to throw together.  Excellent recipe and I will definitely make it again and again.


The changes you made sound great, especially using veggie broth instead of water! I'm glad you enjoyed it!


I made this for the first time today and I loved it. I used coconut milk instead as well as veggie broth instead of water. Turned out wonderful and I'll definitely be making this on a regular basis. :)


I'm really happy you enjoyed it and that it worked well with the changes. This is one recipe that you can add a lot or change a lot to :)


I made this today and it was fantastic...
Few changes though...
Instead of water and creamed coconut I added 1 1/2 cups water and 1 1/2 cups coconut milk and a handful of shredded coconut. I was out of I added Baharat instead.............POETRY....

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