Coral Lentil Dahl

Dahl de lentilles

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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