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Dal is a thick lentil stew cooked with spices that is traditionally eaten in southern India. It is one of my favorite dishes and is the perfect hearty, protein-rich meal for a vegetarian/vegan diet. Dal is perfect to serve along with rice, vegetables, and flat-bread for an easy meal - perfect for any weeknight dinner or a Sunday supper. If you are looking for simple comfort food and a nourishing dish then this dal is for you.

Simple Lentil Dal [Vegan]

This Recipe is :

Dairy Free Vegan


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 cup yellow lentils
  • 1 cup grey-green lentils
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 4.5 cups vegetable broth
  • cilantro for garnish (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste (if desired)


  1. Add the olive oil to a pot over medium heat.
  2. Add the onions and sauté for 2 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and ginger and sauté for an additional minute.
  4. Add the lentils, bay leaf, cinnamon stick, turmeric, cumin, tomato paste, and broth.
  5. Bring to a boil and then lower heat to a simmer.
  6. Let cook for 20 – 30 minutes, until lentils are tender.
  7. Remove the bay leaf and cinnamon stick.
  8. Garnish with cilantro and serve warm.

Nutritional Information

Total Calories: 1038 | Total Carbs: 108 g | Total Fat: 32 g | Total Protein: 84 g | Total Sodium: 1388 g | Total Sugar: 19 g





Sonnet Lauberth is a holistic health coach, food educator, blogger, and writer with a passion for helping people lead fuller, healthier lives. Visit her food blog, For The Love of Food, for seasonal, plant-based recipes and tips on sustainable, healthy living.



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2 comments on “Simple Lentil Dal [Vegan]”

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2 Years Ago

how many servings is this?

3 Years Ago

Should I use dried lentils, or canned ones? (or pre-soaked dried ones..?)


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