Easy Red Lentil Dahl is a perfect plant based dish - tasty, healthy and ready in under 20 minutes. Red lentils are cooked with spices in this traditional Indian favorite, which is packed full of protein. Served with rice, it's a great addition to your midweek meal rotation. It's also naturally gluten free, dairy free and vegan.
5cupsWater - depending on how soupy you like your dhal
Sea Salt and Black Pepper - to taste
2tbspButter, Ghee or Vegetable oil
2Shallots - or an onion, any kind, thinly sliced
1Jalapeno Pepper - thinly sliced
Fresh Cilantro (Coriander)
Rinse the lentils carefully under running water.
Place all of the dahl ingredients including the lentils in a large heavy bottomed pot.
Bring the pot to a boil then turn down the heat to a simmer. Stir occasionally to prevent anything sticking on the bottom. Taste and season as you go.
Cook for 15-20 minutes, until the lentils are soft and the dhal has thickened. Taste and season again before serving. Add more water if you want a thinner dhal.
Meanwhile if you're adding the shallots as an optional topping, fry them in a frying pan with the butter, ghee or oil. Cook on a medium low heat stirring occasionally, until golden brown, around 10 minutes.
Serve the dahl. Optionally top with the golden shallots, thin sliced jalapeno and fresh cilantro/coriander.
Please note that the estimated nutrition calculations do not include the optional toppings. The serving size given is for a generous main portion serving.
Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be taken as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and the Family Food Kitchen can't guarantee the accuracy of this information.