Coral Lentil Dahl


Piece of life

It is not always easy to find meal ideas. Even less during the week, going from the work to the family routine I do not have necessarily too much time for cooking. So, I have “safe” recipes, easy and quick, they save me often. This dahl recipe is part of my favorite ones. I make it regularly: easy, quick and tasty [and it is veggie].

About the Dahl

Dahl is a recipe of Indian origin based on lentils. Actually, the word “dal” defines several vegetables, in addition to being a dish. There are numerous variations of it. You can play with the spices, the kind of lentils and add coconut milk, for example. I have several versions from myself, but the recipe that I am presenting here is the one I make most often, the simplest one. I always have lentils at home [I love lentils]. The coral lentils have the advantage that they cook faster than the other varieties, this is the reason I used them for this recipe, but you can use green or black lentils if you want, you’ll only have to increase the cooking time. I serve this dish sided with rice and/or naan bread.

Dahl de lentilles

Coral Lentil Dahl

A veggie recipe full of flavours, easy and fast to prepare. This is my "safe" recipe for the busy weeks.
Course: Vegetarian
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Easy recipe, Fast recipe, Vegetarian recipe
Portions 6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
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  • 400 g coral lentil
  • 1200 ml water
  • 1 onion minced
  • 2 gloves garlic minced
  • 1 ginger piece around 2 cm cut in half
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp cumin powder
  • 1 Tbsp turmeric powder
  • 1 coffee spoon coriander powder
  • 1/4 coffee spoon cardamom powder
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Wash the lentils in cold water, dry them out.
  • Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a saucepan.
  • Add the minced onions and garlic. Braise for about 1 minute, then add the ginger pieces and the spices. Braise for another 1 minute (this will allow the spices to develop their flavours).
  • Pour the water into the saucepan. Rub well the bottom of the pan to dissolve all the spices. Add the lentils.
  • Bring to boil, then reduce the heat and simmer over low heat for about 20 to 25 minutes, until lentils are cooked.
  • Remove the ginger pieces and serve it sided with rice or naan bread.
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