Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 30 mins

When I first posted this recipe, I hadn't made it, I had posted it for a tag game, but encouraged by the positive reviews it has received, I made it this weekend, and took it as a gift for my friend, who loves hot curries and dahls. Its a little hot for my personal taste, but she loved it! Easy and quick to make, it comes from the Very Easy Vegetarian Cookbook, by Simon & Alison Holst

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat the oil in a large pan.
  2. Cook onion and garlic, stirring frequently, until the onion has softened and is turning clear.
  3. Add bay leaf and spices and cook, stirring continuously, for 1 to 2 minutes longer.
  4. Tip in the lentils and the stock (made with the water and the stock powder), bring the mixture to the boil, then reduce the heat to a gentle simmer. Cover the pan with a lid whilst simmering, so that the liquid does not evaporate too quickly.
  5. Cook until the lentils are tender, about 25 - 30 minutes.
  6. Stir in the coriander and serve.
  7. Suggested accompaniments, steamed rice, naan bread, poppadoms.
Most Helpful

We loved this dahl and my guests appreciated this as well.
It's easy to combine and prepare. I followed the recipe as described, but I had to add more water while cooking as the lentils adsorbed a lot of them.
Thanks a lot for posting this recipe.

awalde September 01, 2012

My husband loved this recipe - it was way too hot for me though! I also found that I needed to add more liquid as it cooked. Will be making it again with half the seasoning mixture :D For ZWT8.

Random Rachel August 27, 2012

Well, it was easy to make but the flavour! It was almost inedible. We make a lot Dhal but have never had one taste like this.

rosie November 16, 2015