Red lentil dal


Lisa @_fussfreefoodie also shared this delicious recipe over on our Instagram feed earlier in the week. Sounds delicious!



  • 300g red split lentils, washed and drained

  • 1.5 tbsp cooking oil, coconut oil or ghee

  • 1 litre of water

  • 1 large onion, finely diced

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced or finely chopped

  • 1 tbsp grated fresh ginger (leave the skin on)

  • 1 tomato, chopped or 100ml passat

  • ½ tsp. dried red chilli flakes 

  • 1 tbsp curry powder

  • 1 tsp ground coriander

  • 1 tsp ground turmeric

  • 0.5 tsp ground cumin

  • 0.5 tsp ground cinnamon

  • salt & pepper



  1. In a medium pan, add the oil and then the onion, Soften on a medium heat for 5-8 minutes.

  2. Add the garlic, ginger to the pan and cook for 2-2 minutes.

  3. Add the curry powder, coriander, turmeric, cumin, cinnamon and dried red chilli flakes . Stir for about 30 seconds.

  4. Add the tomato, lentils  and 800ml of the  water stir until all completely mixed together.

  5. Season generously salt and pepper.

  6. Optional extra: In a frying pan, add 1-2 tablespoons of oil and get very hot. (Take care!) 

  7. Add a handful of curry leaves, teaspoon of mustard seeds, caraway seeds and a sliced red chilli. Fry for a couple of minutes and then pour over the dal and stir through before serving.