Lentil Dal (Or Dahl, Daal, Dhal)

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 45 mins

This is one of my favorite dishes - it's so easy and really tasty! Be sure to serve with either basmati or long grain rice. It tastes even better the next day!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add onion, ginger, garlic, cumin, turmeric, garam masala and red pepper and saute for approx 2 minutes (until onions are soft).
  3. Add cauliflower and saute 1 minute.
  4. Stir in broth and lentils, making sure to mix well.
  5. Bring to a boil.
  6. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for about 35 minutes or until lentils are tender.
  7. Stir in lime juice and salt.
Most Helpful

Very good! I too loved the addition of cauliflower to the daal. I thought it might become mushy by the time that the lentils were done, but it came out great! A good side dish to my butter chicken. Thanks emmie!

Mean Bean May 20, 2011

This was excellent! Loved the addition of the cauliflower to the daal. I am used to cooking it as just plain lentils. I cooked some quinoa and then mixed it all together at the end and let it simmer for about 5 more minutes. It was a complete and delicious meal! Thanks for a great weeknight recipe.

Panamanian-Canadian angel April 22, 2010