Carol’s Dal Curry (curried lentils)

Carol’s Dal Curry (curried lentils)

  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hrs 5 mins
  • Servings: 6
  • About This Recipe

    “This is a dish I cooked up one night when I was craving lentils. It’s quite good when eaten in conjunction with another recipe I’ve posted here, Rice with a Chilean flair. Indian and South American food combined!”


  • 2cupslentils, stones picked out and boiled till soft
  • 1largeyellow onion, chopped
  • 1bunchcilantro, washed well and chopped
  • 1largetomato
  • 1cancoconut milk
  • 1cantomato sauce( medium size)
  • curry powder
  • turmeric
  • ginger( fresh or ground)
  • ground cloves
  • cumin
  • cayenne
  • salt
  • Directions

  • Cover bottom of saucepan with vegetable oil.
  • Fry onion about 5 minutes, add cilantro and continue frying over medium heat, until onion is golden.
  • Add tomato and let get a little soft.
  • Add rest of ingredients, including spices (add spices according to your taste!) and let simmer for about 30 minutes.
  • Reviews

  • “Very tasty!Here is what used for step 4: 2 c. uncooked lentils, 15 oz. coconut milk, 8 oz. tomato sauce, 2-3 c. water, 2 Tbsp. curry powder, 1/2 tsp. turmeric, 2 tsp. ground ginger, 1/4 tsp. ground cloves, 2 tsp. cumin, 1/2 tsp. cayenne, 1 1/2 tsp. salt, and 3 Tbsp. brown sugar.”

  • “Excellent and very easy to make”

  • “Awesome!Very easy and tasty.”

  • “Excellent and super easy to make. Served over “plain” basmati rice and the combination is wonderful.”

  • “absolutely delicious.I have made a lot of dal and this is one of the best.very flavourable.don’t forget to add the tomatoe sauce, it makes the dish.”

  • “This was fantastic. I seasoned my red lentils with turmeric, curry, onion powder, and cumin while boiling them. I drained them and added the tomato sauce and lite coconut milk. I omitted the cilantro and ground cloves. I added 1 Tbsp curry powder, 1/2 tsp turmeric, 2 tsp. ground ginger, 2 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp cayenne, approx 2 tsp stevia. I served it over plain quinoa and my husband and 10 year old son LOVED it! Even better than I hoped for!”

  • “Very good!Received many thumbs up from this one.I added a bit of sugar and didn’t have tomato sauce, so I just used a can of tomato paste and an equivalent amount of water.Some reviewers mentioned this dish was a bit bland, I would suggest a bit more salt to make the flavors pop.”

  • “This was easy and had an amazing flavor. I had to leave out the tomato sauce because I didn’t have any. I added water to the coconut milk. My friend said she had never intentionally eaten a lentil in her life until I made this. I think she was pleasantly surprised. Thank You.”

  • “So good.I will be making this many more times.”

  • “Thanks so much for this. I have made it twice in the past three weeks. I put some peppers (red and yellow) in it once, and the second time I used a meat substitute and peas. Fantastic!”

  • “Tasty and easy. Followed the recommendation of lehaushe concerning the spices and added 1/2 cup of raisins and one large can (drained) of string beans.
    Used yellow lentils which I soaked the night before and then boiled for 40 minutes then drained and proceeded with the recipe as written. I was indeed very thankful to the suggestions of amount of spices, sort of need that to “get started”, yes, that was the only missing thing in the original recipe.
    This makes a lot and it freezes well. Very versatile too.
    Thanks for posting.”

  • “My husband is in love with this!!I did use sundried tomatoes as someone had used the last tomato on their salad.I also followed lehaushe’s recommended spices (although I did use a 15oz tomato sauce – DH isn’t too fond of coconut so I wanted to balance the tom/coconut).Next time I will use only 2 tablespoons brown sugar though – not horrible just a tad too sweet for the DH.Loved the open listing of ingredients & maybe sometime I will get adventerous and experiement a bit.I served with roasted cauliflower & potatoes while tomorrow I will serve with garlic naan.Thank you so much for this one Carol & thanks to Lehaushe for the spice listing!!!**Oh and to Run For You Life who had a problem with the lentils not cooking & drying out…the recipe calls for cooked lentils so if you don’t cook ahead of time and your going to use uncooked you have to add more water – like 2-3 cups & it will take longer – little over an hour**”

  • “This was good but I strongly agree with others that amounts, ranges even, need to be given for the spices!Also, it took my lentils far longer than 30 minutes to soften, closer to an hour and because it had to simmer so long I had to keep adding water so the curry wouldn’t dry out (about 1 1/4 cups total?).I think this recipe could be really good if a little more direction was given.As written it was good, but not my new favorite indian dish.”

  • “Excellent!I like that the ingredients were not all specific on the amount because it gave me the freedom to experiment.I also added some brown sugar and garam masala and left out the cloves (i have allergies to them).I chopped up the onion with a green chili, sauteed and then added water and uncooked lentiles and all the ingredients minus the coconut milk and cilantro which i added at the end.It made tons!Tomorrow we are going to add spinach and cashews to the left overs and it will make a splended new dish.I am really in love with lentiles now, thank you!”

  • “I didn’t have curry powder so I used garam masala and it turned out fine. It was surprisingly easy to make such a seemingly complicated dish! Thanks! I’ll make it again.”

  • “Really good and super easy! I followed the recipe pretty closely, except I had Pataks curry paste instead of the dry curry powder. I’m going to add this to the recipes I plan to use on our sailboat! Thanks”

  • “Very good!I used coconut water instead of milk to cut down the fat, so I had to let mine simmer longer to get the right consistency.I used about 4 Tbsp curry powder, 3 Tbsp fresh ginger, and about 2tsp of all other spices (no added salt).Thanks for sharing!”

  • “This is more than 5 stars with my additions/omissions! I boil 2 cups yellow split peas in 6 cups water (adding more water if it gets too dry) until soft. I saute 1 large onion, jalapeno peppers, and 3 cloves garlic in 1/4 cup ghee. Once soft, I add 1 can tomatoes and boil 1 minute. I then add 1 can coconut milk, curry powder, ginger, coriander, cumin, paprika, garam masala, and salt (all spices are eye-balled — we like spice and I’ve made this many times), along with the dal (and water that it’s boiling in). Simmer for 30 minutes and serve over rice. So delicious!!!”