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This vegan green lentil dahl is simply delicious, mouth-watering and perfect as a meat free dinner. Filling and with just the right amount of chilli spice, even meat eaters will find this agreeable too!

Green Lentil Dahl

This vegan green lentil dahl is simply delicious, mouth-watering and perfect as a meat free dinner which I think meat eaters will find agreeable too!
Course Dinner
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 2
Calories 516kcal
Author Neil


  • 230 g green lentils
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2.5 cm piece of cinnamon stick
  • 1 small onion chopped finely
  • 1 tbsp ginger and garlic paste
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • ½ tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 125 g ripe tomatoes chopped
  • 800 ml warm water
  • Pinch of garam masala
  • leaves Pinch of fenugreek
  • Small red chilli finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp coriander freshly chopped


  • Place the green lentils in a sieve, wash them under cold water and leave them to drain.
  • Heat the oil in a saucepan, add the cinnamon stick, chopped onion and garlic and ginger paste. Saute for approximately 5 minutes.
  • Add the drained lentils, chilli powder, turmeric and salt and combine everything together, stirring constantly and adding drops of warm water if the mixture begins to stick.
  • Add the tomatoes and combine and cook everything together, stirring for a further 3 minutes.
  • Add the water, bring the contents to the boil, reduce the heat so the contents are just simmering slightly, put the lid on and cook for 20 – 30 minutes stirring every so often.
  • Once the lentils are softened completely, remove the cinnamon stick and stir in the garam masala and fenugreek leaves.
  • Garnish with the red chilli and freshly chopped coriander then serve with wholegrain basmati rice / chapatti breads.



Nutrition label does not include rice or chapatti breads.
These are the Balti dishes that I serve my curries in.


Calories: 516kcal | Carbohydrates: 83.4g | Protein: 30.2g | Fat: 9.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.8g | Sodium: 1215mg | Fiber: 15.8g | Sugar: 5.7g | Vitamin C: 23.9mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 9.4mg