Lentil Dahl

October 19, 2006 at 7:23 am 5 comments

So many of you responded positively to the Honey Baked Lentil post…so I thought I would post my other favorite lentil dish, Lentil Dahl. It’s taken from a wonderful cookbook, The Vegetarian Mother’s Cookbook: Whole Foods to Nourish Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women and their Families by Cathe Olson. It’s so flavorful, and I love it because it’s a “pantry” recipe. Everything is dry or canned except the onion, so it can be made at anytime…hopefully without a trip to the store.

Lentil Dahl

1 cup lentils (I love red lentils, but any will do)
1/2 strip kombu (optional)
3 cups water
1 T oil or ghee
1 onion, diced
1/2 t chili powder
1/4 t tumeric
1/4 t cumin
1/4 teaspoon powdered ginger
1 cup diced tomatoes (or 1 can)
1/2 t sea salt

Place lentils, kombu, and water in a heavy-bottomed pan. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer 45-60 minutes or until lentils are tender. While lentils are cooking, heat skillet. Add oil or ghee, onion, chili powder, tumeric, cumin, and ginger. Saute 10 minutes or until onion is soft. Stir in tomatoes. Cook about 5 minutes. Pour cooked lentils and tomato mixture into food processor or blender and pulse to puree, leaving some texture. Serve with millet, quinoa, or brown rice and/or flatbread.


Entry filed under: Entree, Lentils.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Mark  |  October 31, 2006 at 3:30 am

    Thanks for pointing to this dish. My wife prepared this for us tonight and it is tasty. The Vegetarian Mother’s is a great book.

  • 2. Kristen  |  November 7, 2006 at 12:37 am

    Just wanted to let you know that I made this tonight and I loved it! My hubby and 3 year old daughter liked it too. Although, my 1 year old son didn’t like it to much. I think it was the consistancy. Just wondering, what did you make with it? I made it with brown rice cause that’s all I had, but I didn’t know if something else was better. Thanks!!!

  • 3. Sara  |  November 7, 2006 at 12:56 am

    Yes, I usually serve it with brown rice…although a nice warm homemade crusty bread is great too! Glad you liked it!

  • 4. Anonymous  |  October 3, 2007 at 6:42 pm

    Hi… I am in the UK and trying to cook your dahl right now!! I am wondering if t is tablespoon? (I am pregnant so could be having a brain muddled moment so forgive me) you mention teaspoon further below so perhaps it is just a teaspoon….if your there would love your feedback ASAP!

  • 5. Queen of the Bread Bakers «  |  January 12, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    […] Stephanie gave me a recipe for Naan that I’d like to make the next time we have Sara’s Lentil Dahl with quinoa, one of my favorite things to eat. We shall see how it turns […]


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