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Red Lentil Dahl in bowl with rice

Masoor Dal Tadka (Red Lentil Dahl)

A creamy Red Lentil Dahl which is comforting, hearty, flavorful, and delicious. The recipe is vegan, gluten-free, healthy, and easy to make. This Masoor dal curry is done in 30 minutes and therefore perfect as a weeknight dinner and meal prep.
Course Dinner
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6


  • 1 1/2 cups (300 g) dry red lentils
  • 1 large (200 g) carrot finely diced (*see recipe notes)
  • 1 small bell pepper
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 heaped tbsp fresh ginger minced
  • 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 cups (720 ml) vegetable broth or water
  • 1 cup (240 ml) canned coconut milk (*see recipe notes)
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tbsp sweetener of choice
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1/3 tsp red pepper flakes optional


  • You can watch the short video for visual instructions.
    Rinse lentils under running water. Chop the onion, garlic, ginger, bell pepper, and carrot.
  • Heat oil in a pot and sauté onion for about 3-4 minutes over medium heat. Add ginger, garlic, carrot, and bell pepper.
  • Add all spices, sweetener, lentils, and 3 cups of vegetable broth or water. Bring to a boil and let simmer for about 10 minutes.
  • Finally, add coconut milk and cook for a further 5 minutes or until the desired thickness of the dahl is reached.
  • Season with black pepper and salt. Taste and adjust the seasonings as needed.
  • Serve warm with basmati rice, potatoes, or naan (flatbread) and garnish with fresh herbs.


Video Of The Recipe

  • You can also use sweet potato or pumpkin instead of carrot.
  • It's possible to use any plant-based cream (like soy cream, oat cream, etc) instead of canned coconut milk. You could also use plant-based milk (e.g. almond milk, cashew milk, etc.) for a low-fat/low-calorie version. In my opinion, this dal tastes best with coconut milk.
  • The recipe serves 6. Nutrition facts are for one serving.
Nutrition Facts
Masoor Dal Tadka (Red Lentil Dahl)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 302 Calories from Fat 87
% Daily Value*
Fat 9.7g15%
Carbohydrates 35g12%
Fiber 8.1g32%
Sugar 5.8g6%
Protein 14g28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.