Simple Red Lentil Dhal


Serves 2 // Prep time 5 min // Cook time 40 min


  • 100g red lentils (washed)
  • 1 pint of vegetable stock
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic (crushed)
  • 1/2 a tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • large handful of fresh spinach
  • 150g brown rice

Optional: I also added avocado. Fresh coriander would be a great garnish option.


  1. The brown rice will take the longest to cook, so put this on the boil first and allow it to cook as you make the dhal – this usually takes about 35-40 minutes. Alternatively, use microwavable sachets of wholegrain rice to cut down the cook time.
  2. Make the vegetable stock in large pan and add the washed red lentils. Turn the heat up to a simmer.
  3. Add the chopped tomatoes and garlic.
  4. Then add all the dried seasonings (everything except spinach)
  5. Mix and allow the dhal to simmer for approx. 15-20 minutes, being careful to not let the lentils overcook and become mushy.
  6. When you think its almost ready, add in your spinach and let it wilt.
  7. Plate with the brown rice. The ideal dhal texture should still be quite liquidy.


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