Indian Dahl

Christina Lane | Dessert for Two

Indian dahl is a delectable side dish full of wonderful spices and flavor. It’s a simple vegetarian dish you’ll enjoy any night of the week.


Indian Dahl Recipe

    2 Servings


  • 1 cup Red Lentils
  • 1 8 ounce can Tomato Sauce, You can use fresh tomatoes in the summer
  • 2 tablespoons Canola Oil
  • 1 small Onion, Diced
  • 2 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Coriander
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 tablespoon Unsalted Butter
  • juice from half a Lemon
  • Fresh Cilantro, For serving
  • Hot Cooked Rice, For serving


  1. In a medium saucepan, add the lentils, tomato sauce and 2 1/2 cups of water. Bring to a simmer.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small skillet, add the oil. Once hot, fry the onions until brown on the edges, stirring frequently.
  3. Add the garlic, and let cook for about 1 minute, until fragrant.
  4. Add the spices (cumin, coriander, turmeric and cayenne), and fry for 1-2 minutes, until nice and toasty.
  5. When the lentils are soft and starting to fall apart (after about 20-25 minutes of simmering), add the fried onions and spices.
  6. Stir, and add the salt.
  7. Bring to a gentle simmer, and let cook for 5 minutes to mingle the spices.
  8. Before serving, add the butter, lemon juice and cilantro.
  9. Serve with rice. 


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Christina Lane

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Christina grew up in Texas, but now lives in Missouri.You may know her best for her Dessert for Two, but here on Food Fanatic, she’s famous for her fantastic Dinners for Two.