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Top down of a pan of red lentil dahl on a wooden surface with parsley on top

Nepalese Red Lentil Dahl

Red lentil stew with ginger, garlic and turmeric.
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Course: Main
Cuisine: Nepalese
Keyword: dahl, dal
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 283kcal


  • 2 tbsp ghee or oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 2" piece ginger grated (about a size of your thumb)
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds crushed
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp red chilli powder
  • 225 g /1 cup red lentils
  • 750 ml /3 cups water
  • ½-1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp cilantro chopped


  • Heat ghee or oil in a deep pan and and cook onion over medium heat for 5-7 minutes without browning too much.
  • Turn heat to low and add garlic, ginger, crushed coriander seeds, turmeric and red chilli powder, stir to combine and cook for 3-5 minutes longer.
  • Add washed red lentils and stir to coat them with the onion and spice mixture, cook them while stirring for 2-3 minutes. (This step helps the lentils to keep their shape and texture).
  • Add water, turn heat up and bring it to a boil, add salt, then turn it to a medium-low and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • When the lentils are tender but still mostly hold their shape, stir in fresh chopped cilantro and take it off the heat.


Calories: 283kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 310mg | Potassium: 612mg | Fiber: 18g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 110IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 5mg