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Green Lentil Dahl topped with crisp onions and toamtoes.

Green Lentil Dahl

Easy Green Lentil Dahl is comforting, warming and flavourful. Make more than you need because you’ll want more for lunch tomorrow! 
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 191kcal


For The Dahl

  • 200 g green lentils
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 cinnamon stick
  • 4 green cardamom
  • 2 cm piece of fresh ginger
  • 400 ml water (plus extra if needed)
  • 1 tsp salt (plus more to taste)

For The Extras

  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 red chilli
  • 1 clove garlic
  • slice of fresh ginger
  • 3 tomatoes


The Dahl

  • Rinse the lentils in fresh water and check for any debris.
  • Lightly crush the cardamom pods so they split open.
  • Bruise the ginger a bit by bashing it with the flat of a knife (carefully)
  • Add the lentils, cardamom, turmeric, cinnamon stick, bashed ginger and water to a large pan.
  • Bring to a boil then reduce the heat and simmer for about 25 minutes or until the lentils are tender and all the water is absorbed. You may need to add more water.
  • Add salt, stir through thoroughly and taste. Add extra seasoning to taste.

The Extras

  • Peel the onion, halve and slice thinly.
  • Finely chop the chilli, garlic and ginger. Remove chilli seeds if you want a milder dahl.
  • Heat the oil gently in a large frying pan.
  • Add the sliced onions and cook very slowly, stirring regularly for about 20 minutes or until browned.
  • Add the chopped chilli, garlic and ginger along with the cumin seeds and cook for a further minute.
  • Stir through the cooked dahl.
  • Chop the tomatoes and add to the dahl.


Nutritional information is only an approximate guideline. Calculations will vary according to the ingredients you use and your cooking methods.


Calories: 191kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 399mg | Potassium: 554mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 597IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 3mg