Curried Lentils (Dal)

    8 hours 45 min

    This is a super-tasty vegetarian curry dish, made with lentils. They are spiced with turmeric, cumin, mustard seeds and paprika. Serve alongside rice and naan bread, if desired.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 285g yellow lentils
    • 850ml water
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon vegetable stock granules
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 2 tablespoons ground turmeric, divided
    • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
    • 4 medium onions, chopped
    • 3-4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    • 2 (400g) tins chopped tomatoes
    • 2 tablespoons mustard seeds
    • 2 teaspoons paprika (sweet or hot)
    • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Extra time:8hr soaking  ›  Ready in:8hr45min 

    1. Soak lentils overnight. Drain and put into a saucepan with vegetable stock granules, salt, stock granules, salt, 1 tablespoon cumin and 1 tablespoon turmeric. Add water to cover.
    2. Bring lentils to the boil, then simmer until soft, about 20-30 minutes. Do NOT drain.
    3. In a large saucepan, heat some olive oil. Add onions and garlic. Cook until soft.
    4. Add tomatoes, mustard seeds, coriander, remaining turmeric, paprika and salt to taste.
    5. Stir gently to combine. Bring to the boil and simmer for 5-10 minutes. Adjust seasonings to taste.
    6. Add to lentils, stir thoroughly so everything is well combined. Serve with rice.

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    Reviews in English (5)


    very nice recipe, real tasty  -  13 Jan 2012


    Used different ingredients. If you want to make it hot and spicy, substitute the paprika for chili powder  -  29 Apr 2009  (Review from Allrecipes AU | NZ)


    Spicy? It was very mild and rather disappointing, glad that others are enjoying it though!  -  20 Feb 2011  (Review from Allrecipes AU | NZ)