The Tastiest Red Lentil Dhal – and so easy to make

I have put on a bit of poundage lately and so went looking for a filling, low calorie, healthy recipe and came up with this Tastiest Red Lentil Dhal. I cannot believe that I have never ever made dhal before – oh my gosh it is soooooo delish.

Packed with protein (which is good for older women’s muscle mass as Marvellous-Mother-In-Law keeps telling me now that she has recently turned into an authoritative gym bunny) and, another bonus, mostly inexpensive storecupboard ingredients.

Freezes brilliantly too. What a winner. You just need one pot and half an hour…

The Tastiest Red Lentil Dhal

Recipe by GraceDifficulty: Very easy


Total time




  • 2 large brown onions, peeled and finely sliced

  • 1 – 2 garlic cloves, finely sliced

  • Half tspn ground ginger

  • 2 Tspn turmeric

  • Half finely chopped red chilli

  • Tbsp garam masala

  • 200g dried red lentils (no need to soak)

  • 400ml coconut milk

  • 500ml vegetable stock

  • Lashings of finely chopped parsley


  • Heat some olive oil and a knob of butter in a large deep frying pan. Add the onion and cook gently for 10 minutes until transluscent and slightly caramelised. Then add the garlic, ginger, turmeric, garam masala and chilli and cook for 2 mins.
  • Add the lentils, coconut milk and stock, stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper and cook on a low/medium heat for 15 mins until the lentils have swollen and softened.
  • Pile onto plates and garnish with lots of fresh parsley. A squeeze of lemon is also good.

Cook’s Tip

  • I made four portions (quantities as above) – about 250 cals each. Had one with a roasted duck breast sliced over the top, one with a poached egg, another with some leftover chicken and the last one I liquidised into a warming soup.

Why not have a peek at the other lentil recipes we have published over the last twelve years?

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Glynis Rowntree
2 months ago

Did you use full fat coconut milk or low fat when calculating the calories, please?

Annabel & Grace
2 months ago

Hi Glynis, I have been told that full fat products are better for you so I tend to stick to those. I don’t know how many calories there are in this recipe, just that lentils are a healthy dish to eat. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did! I ate it three days in a row it was so delish! Best wishes, Grace