Red Lentil Dahl

It doesn’t feel like it but yesterday was my 4th year anniversary of blogging.  What a fun 4 years it has been.  I am looking forward to sharing more with you over the next 4 years. 🙂

I saw this recipe over at Rufus’ Food and Spirits Guide and was immediately dashing down the passage to see if I had any lentils in stock.

I modified the recipe slightly, as listed below for the ingredients I had on hand and doubled it to serve as a main meal which I served with naan (recipe coming soon) and would definitely make it again but next time I would increase the coriander, mustard and cumin seed quantities.

Red lentil dahl

Red Lentil Dahl


2 tsp coriander seed
1 tsp mustard seed
½ tsp cumin seed
1 tsp cayenne powder
½ tsp turmeric powder
2 cup red lentils
1 onion chopped
3 tbsp garlic minced
3 tbsp ginger minced
400g tin tomatoes
8 cups chicken stock
Coriander chopped to serve


  1. Grind the whole spices to a powder and mix with cayenne and turmeric.
  2. Sauté the onion in a little oil in a pot until translucent and soft.
  3. Add the garlic and ginger and cook for one minute.
  4. Add the lentils and stir to coat.
  5. Add the tomatoes, spice mixture and chicken stock, mix through and bring to a simmer. Partially cover and turn the heat to low. Cook for 40 minutes stirring occasionally.
  6. Serve with fresh coriander and naan.

60 thoughts on “Red Lentil Dahl

  1. Happy anniversary on blogging! Well done : ) One day I must make dahl, perhaps your recipe is a good start! xo

  2. BOOM! That’s fricken awesome lovely lady. Happy 4 year blogging anniversary. Very cool. 🙂 Great recipe too chicka, Dahl always makes me giggle, my bro decided he needed to get ‘Hot’ (to snag his now wife) and the best way to do that would be to eat healthy. He visited Mom for dinner one night and asked her to cook Dahl… Mom thought he had flipped it, but we all joined him on his get hot ventures and ate some pretty interesting foods too. Wishing you a wonderful week sweets. Hugs. xxx

    • Thanks Kim! I dashed to the Post Office yesterday to post Kay’s angel to you. Hope it arrives in one piece. I have told everybody how without my knowing it was Kay’s birthday I bought the angel on her birthday. Love that! All is well in my world, Pete is home and will be here for the better part of 3 weeks. Awesome! Have a beautiful day. 🙂 xoxoxo

  3. You make dhal appetising, my mum can never make me eat it much to her chagrin 😛
    But I would definitely eat it in this form 😀
    And happy 4 years my friend that is incredible!

    Choc Chip Uru

  4. 4 years – wow! Congratulations, it has been a privilege to share a few of them with you and to get to “know” you along the way 🙂 I love red lentil dahl and enjoy seeing how other people make it. Like you, I use what I have in the spice cupboard so I’m sure it tastes ever so slightly different each time! Perfect for your autumn weather and our spring. Big hug Mandy 🙂

  5. Wow 4 years of blogging, that’s commitment! Congratulations. It has been lovely sharing ideas with you and taking part in your ‘getting to know you posts.’ Looking forward to the next four years. This red lentil dahl looks awesome. I will be trying this recipe out next time we have a curry night. I have added the follow by email widget to my blog now. Emma xx

    • Hi Emma, thank you for your lovely kind words and YAY, heading over right away to click on your email widget. Thanks very much! Hope you didn’t do it just for me though. Have a lovely day. 🙂 xo

  6. 4th anniversary? Who knew? Congratulations, Mandy. This is quite the milestone and you picked a great recipe to celebrate the occasion. Like you, I would serve this dahl as the main course but I’ll wait for your naan recipe. If I’m going to prepare it, I might as well go all out. 🙂

  7. Happy 4th anniversary! It’s amazing how quickly time goes by. I’ve now been blogging for three years and I still feel like a novice. Your red lentil dahl looks very good – great comfort food xx

  8. Happy anniversary to you, I consider you as my batch mate in blogging as we and others in this circle started blogging almost all at the same time 4 years ago

  9. I can’t believe it’s been four years! Congratulations to you, Mandy!!
    You made me think to look back and it will be four years for me this summer.. yikes!! Where does the time go?? I’ve loved coming hear and reading your blog, Mandy! Here is yet another great recipe that I’d like to try, I love this sort of dish .. it’s so healthy and full of spice!! xx

    • I know, where has the time gone! Just shows, we must be having so much fun. I have loved reading your blog too Smidge and I look forward to many more years of getting to know each other better. Have a beautiful weekend. 🙂 xo

  10. Sorry I missed your anniversary, congratulations on four years of blogging. I just bought a bag of red lentils and this recipe sounds like a good way of using some. I’ll take your advise on adding more of the spices.

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