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Spicy Red Dhal


Spicy Red Dhal

This simple red lentil dahl is easy to make, incredibly delicious and it totally satisfies my perpetual ‘simple-weeknight-fare’ quest. When served with some brown rice, lentils make a perfect protein meal to nourish and energise you. All the whole and ground spices make it scrumptious and the sultanas create a sweet explosion in the mouth!
5 from 1 vote
Total Time 45 minutes



  • olive oil
  • 1 heaped tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 heaped tsp black mustard seeds
  • 1 large onion diced or in half rounds
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 knob of fresh ginger diced fine
  • long thin strips of ginger for ginger lovers
  • 1 cup red split lentils soaked a few hours or overnight
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp chilli paste or flakes optional
  • 1 Tbsp Rapunzel vegetable stock
  • 1 cup tomato passata tinned tomatoes or similar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 carrot cut in thin long strips with a potato peeler and then halved
  • ½ cup water and more to add if needed or grated (
  • 1 cup or ½ tin coconut cream
  • ½ – 1 cup chopped fresh coriander
  • ¼ cup sultanas optional



  • Place few good jiggles of olive oil into a large saucepan and heat on a medium element.
  • Add the cumin seeds and allow to brown and then add the mustard seeds and stir until they start to pop to release the flavours.
  • Then add the onions, garlic, ginger and stir a few minutes until onions clear and soft.
  • Add the drained rinsed lentils and coat with the onion mixture.
  • Add the coriander, cumin and turmeric and optional chilli plus the stock dissolved in a cup of boiling water.
  • Stir through and add the tomato passata plus a cup of water.
  • Add the carrot strips, sultanas and coconut cream.
  • Bring to boil and turn right down and allow to simmer for 30 minutes until lentils are of a mushy consistency and a dahl texture is created. During this process, add some more water if required and stir regularly to avoid it sticking on the bottom.
  • Once ready, stir in lashing of fresh coriander and serve on brown or yellow rice with a lovely salad on the side!

Posted on

September 27, 2022

1 Comment

  1. Nene

    5 stars
    Wow I have just made this for dinner, it is soooo delicious and easy pezzie to prepare.


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