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Easy Red Lentil Daal

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Prep: 10 minutes | Cook: 15 Minutes

6 Servings

Red Lentil Daal is a hearty and aromatic Indian dish made primarily from red lentils simmered with spices, tomatoes, and onions. This creamy and flavorful stew is often served with rice or flatbreads and is a staple in many Indian households.



1 teaspoon olive oil

2 onions

3 garlic cloves

1 tablespoon fresh ginger

1/2 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes

2 teaspoons ground turmeric

3 teaspoons garam masala

1 cup dried red lentils

1 can chopped tomatoes

1 can coconut milk

2 cups of vegetable broth

1 tablespoon of lemon juice

2 handfuls of fresh spinach


  1. Heat the oil in a large pan over a medium heat. add onion and cook gently for 5 minutes. add garlic ginger and red chili flakes and cook a few minutes.

  2. add to the pan the turmeric and garam marsala and cook 1 minute

  3. add the lentils tomatoes with their juice coconut milk and broth then srit to combine. season with salt and pepper and cook on a medium/low heat for q5-20 minutes until reduced and thick. If you have time leave it on low a little longer for more flavor. Remembering to stir often

  4. Stir in the lemon juice and spinach until it wilts

  5. serve over basmati rice

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