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6 servings
Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr 15 mins
Meal Type:
Side Dishes
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Indian Dhal (Lentils)

Healthy and delicious Indian inspired dhal.



  1. Cover lentils with boiling water and allow to stand for 15 minutes.
  2. Heat olive oil in a pan and cook onions and garlic for 2 minutes.
  3. Add cumin seeds, turmeric and curry powder. Cook for 2 minutes until fragrant.
  4. Add mushrooms and green pepper. Stirfry for a further 2 minutes.
  5. Add stock and lentils. Cook over medium heat for 35-45 minutes, or until dhal thickens.
  6. Stir frequently to avoid sticking.
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I omitted the curry powder,served it on instant white rice, garished it with diced tomatoes, young green onion tops, and used sriracha and ginger paste
10 Dec 15 by member: Jones Jennifer
As long as it isn't eaten often - lentils are sort of out of the question.
22 Mar 11 by member: jamina1
Absolutely delicious! My husband, who is very finicky, liked it! I will definitely make this recipe again, and again. Thank you for sharing.
30 Jan 11 by member: jackiejculver
An enjoyable meal, would defanetly make it again enjoyed by all, i added a bit of chopped coriander to it just befor serving. thank you for sharing
05 Nov 09 by member: happy hoppy
Thank you so much for that recipe! My whole family loved it
I was out of several of the spices so instead I added tho the onion/garlic combo 3 tbsps of a Tandoori curry paste made by PATAK. I let it cook for the same 2 minutes and then continued with the recipe. Easy and delicious.
26 Feb 07 by member: jaqisbaq


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Nutrition summary:

There are 152 calories in 1 serving of Indian Dhal (Lentils).
Calorie break-down: 12% fat, 63% carbs, 26% protein.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 19
Calories 152
% Daily Values*
Total Fat 2.08g 3%
  Saturated Fat 0.351g 2%
  Polyunsaturated Fat 0.634g  
  Monounsaturated Fat 0.925g  
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 1031mg 43%
Potassium 398mg  
Total Carbohydrate 25g 8%
  Dietary Fiber 4.7g 19%
  Sugars 1.82g  
Protein 10.16g  
Vitamin A 12% Vitamin C 188%
Calcium 24% Iron 121%
of RDI*
(152 calories)
8% of RDI
Calorie Breakdown:
Carbohydrate (62%)
Fat (12%)
Protein (26%)
* Based on a RDI of 2000 calories