Recipe: Perfected Vegan Lentil Dahl


I have tried many different lentil dahl recipes as a dahl can be altered in many ways. Lentils are extremely versatile to say the least and this is such a warming and filling dish. It was the first proper recipe that I mastered since becoming vegan so I wanted to share this with you.


  • 1 Medium Onion
  • 200g Red Lentils
  • 200g Tinned Tomatoes
  • 3-4 Cups Water
  • Curry Powder
  • Chilli Powder
  • Chilli Flakes
  • Oregano
  • Cumin

Extra: Brown Rice and Choice of Vegetables for the side.



  • Soak the lentils in water for 45-60 minutes prior to making the dahl
  • Turn the dial on the hob ¾ or up to a medium heat.
  • Chop up onion and add to a large pan or Wok with water to stop the onions from sticking to the pan.
  • Cook the onions until they are soft
  • Add in some curry powder, cumin, and chilli into the pan to cook the spices as this adds to the flavour
  • Add in the soaked lentils and stir together
  • Then add in the tin of chopped tomatoes and stir again
  • The mixture will need liquid at this point so add in 1 or 2 cups of water, more if desired
  • Now you can add the rest of the herbs and spices, the amount of this is to preference
  • Turn down the heat and leave to simmer
  • More water and spices can be added gradually as the lentils cook
  • The dahl is finished when the lentils are soft and have absorbed enough of the water to desired consistency
  • Serve with choice of rice and vegetables for additional health





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