20 MINUTE GREEN LENTIL DAHL RECIPE

This recipe for 20 minutes Lentil Dahl is perfect for a quick and easy nutritious meal. With a few pantry staples, you can make this dish of gently cooked lentils with aromatic spices. It's ideal served with rice or naan bread and can be a great option for a weeknight dinner or as part of a larger feast.
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A plate of rice and dhal on a table.

About this recipe

Dahl or dal is a dish made with lentils, dried peas, or other legumes, commonly eaten in South Asia, particularly in India and Pakistan. The dal is usually cooked to a thick consistency or pureed, and seasoned with a variety of spices, onions, tomatoes, and garlic. It is a great source of protein and is quick to prepare, making it a favorite for many. It is typically served with white rice, brown rice, Basmati rice, or rotis, which are a type of flatbread.

This recipe is the easiest thing in the world, and it is one of those recipes that always comes out really delicious.

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ingredients

  • Vegetable oil
  • Garlic, ginger, onion
  • Spices
  • Green lentils, rinse them before adding them to the pot. Substitute with red lentils.
  • Canned tomato
  • Coconut milk
  • Spinach
A plate of rice and lentils on an automatic table.

Tips to make the best dhal

  • Serve the dahl with steamed basmati rice or flatbreads such as roti, naan, or chapati.
  • Finish each dish before serving, and sprinkle fresh cilantro or mint leaves over the dahl.
  • In Indian cooking, it is common to prepare a “tadka” spices in hot oil. This may include black mustard, cumin seeds, coriander, turmeric, garam masala, minced garlic, dried chilies, and curry leaves. Pour this hot seasoning over the cooked dahl to intensify the flavors and add a delicious aroma.
  • I always finish my curries or dahls with lemon. A little lemon juice enhances the flavors of the dahl, providing a perfect balance between spice and acid.
  • It is also perfect if you finish it with something crunchy like chopped red onion, jalapeños, serranos, or even grated ginger.
A plate of rice and lentils on an automatic table.

20 minute Green Lentil Dahl Recipe

This recipe for 20 minutes Lentil Dahl is perfect for a quick and easy nutritious meal. With a few pantry staples, you can make this dish of gently cooked lentils with aromatic spices. It’s ideal served with rice or naan bread and can be a great option for a weeknight dinner or as part of a larger feast.
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Equipment

  • 1 Soup pot

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil
  • 1 large onion finely chopped about a cup
  • 4 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger grated or finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 can approx. 14oz canned chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup green lentils rinsed and drained
  • 3 cups of water or vegetable broth
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 2 cups chopped fresh spinach or 1 cup frozen spinach
  • Salt to taste
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  • sliced ​​jalapeno
  • lemon juice
  • chopped fresh cilantro

Instructions
 

  • Heat the vegetable oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and cook until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger and cook for another minute until fragrant.
  • Add the curry powder. Stir well and cook for a minute.
  • Put the tomatoes in the saucepan and cook for a few minutes, allowing the flavors to blend.
  • Add the lentils along with the water or broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 10-15 minutes, or until the lentils are tender.
  • Once the lentils are cooked, add the coconut milk and spinach. Cook over low heat until the spinach is wilted and the mixture is heated through. Adjust salt to taste.
  • Serve the dahl hot, accompanied by basmati rice or naan bread. Finish with lime juice, chopped cilantro, and sliced ​​jalapeño.

Notes

Store when cooled to room temperature in airtight containers, to reheat use a saucepan or heat in the microwave.
If you freeze, don’t forget to label the container or bag and write how many servings there are.

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