Easy Dahl

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This easy Lentil Dahl with fire roasted tomatoes, coconut milk and spices makes the perfect comforting dish! Serve it over your favorite grain with a big squeeze of lime juice for max flavor. Bonus - it saves really well too!


I've said it before, but cooking for Poppy is hands down my favorite thing to do! Exposing her to different flavors, spices and cuisines is truly #1 on my list of things that bring me joy. Most recently, we've been loving Dahl.

Dahl comes from the Sanskrit word that means “to split”, and is a collective term for pulses like lentils and peas etc. Most commonly, pulses are slow-simmered with various aromatics that is known as dahl or dal. The recipe below is a flavorful stew like dish that we've obsessed with in our house. We serve it over rice or quinoa, a big squeeze of lime and some fresh herbs. It's fantastic for both toddlers and adults!

If you love this dahl and using lentils, my curry lentil soup is another one of our go-to recipes.

Let's talk about to make Dahl:

  • I used red lentils for this recipe but truly any lentil is going to be great. It will all just have a slightly different color!
  • The coconut oil with the onion, ginger and garlic is the base of so much flavor!
  • Curry powder isn't traditionally spicy, so if you're opposed to spice, don't worry! If you want to amp up the spice, you could add a half teaspoon of red pepper flakes to give it some kick.
  • When it comes to coconut milk, go for the full fat can! It's thicker, has more flavor and it's my preference when it comes to making this recipe.
  • Coconut milk is different than coconut water! The milk comes in a can in the pantry section of your grocery store.

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Author: Gaby Dalkin
5 from 3 votes
This incredibly easy Dahl recipe is one of my favorite for both myself and my toddler! She gobbles it up with quinoa or rice as the base, a big squeeze of lime and sometimes some avocado too!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main Course, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 people


For Dahl:

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger finely chopped
  • 1 yellow onion thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 3 tablespoons red curry paste
  • 1 ½ cups coconut milk
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 14.5-ounce can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste

To Serve:

  • fresh lemon or lime wedges
  • cilantro
  • cooked rice or quinoa


  • Heat a medium dutch oven over medium high heat. Add the coconut oil. Once hot, add the ginger, onion and garlic. Sauté for 5 minutes until onions are starting to be translucent and fragrant. Add the ground turmeric, curry powder and paste and sauté for another 60 seconds to toast. Add the coconut milk, water, and the entire can of chopped tomatoes. Stir to combine. Add the lentils and cover the pot, reduce heat to medium and let the lentils cook for 20-25 minutes until soft.
  • Remove from the heat and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve over rice or quinoa with cilantro on top and lemon or lime juice depending on your preference.


Serve over quinoa, rice, or cauliflower. This is great leftover, meaning you can keep it and a cooked grain in the fridge for quick meals.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 442kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 176mg | Potassium: 703mg | Fiber: 16g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 2206IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 104mg | Iron: 8mg
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