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Easy as red lentil dahl

Made entirely from pantry items, cooking doesn’t come much easier than this

45 mins
6 ingredients
$0.85 / person
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Easy as red lentil dahl



Serves = 4

  • 400g can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup red lentils, if you don’t have a measuring cup fill the empty tomato can up halfway with the lentils
  • 800ml water
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1 dollop peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon plain unsweetened yoghurt to serve

It’s this easy

  • Add the tomatoes and lentils to a pot.
  • Fill the empty can up with water to get all the tomato and lentils out and add it to the pot. Fill the can up with water again and add to the pot.
  • Add the curry powder, peanut butter and sugar.
  • Bring to the boil.
  • Using a spoon scoop the foam from the surface of the dahl and throw it away.
  • Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes until the lentils are soft and tender. Stir 2-3 times while the dahl cooks, if it starts to look too thick and dry add some extra water.
  • Serve topped with a dollop of yoghurt


  • Try serving topped with some pan fried onion or roughly chopped fresh coriander, add rice for a meal that will keep you full for longer!
  • Devorah likes to add a fried egg on top of their dahl
  • Double this recipe and freeze into small portions for a quick and easy meal
  • Check the ingredients of your curry powder for potential allergens, some curry powders can be found now that are gluten, soy or sesame free


Nutrition information (per serve):

  • Energy (995kJ)
  • Protein (14.4g)
  • Total fat (5.0g)
  • Saturated fat (0.9g)
  • Carbohydrate (28.2g); Starch (21.2g), Sugars (7.0g), Added sugars (2.1g), Free sugars (2.1g)
  • Dietary fibre (10.1g)
  • Sodium (20mg)
  • Calcium (93mg)
  • Iron (6mg)


Contains: Gluten, Dairy, Nuts, Sesame, Soy, Eggs, FODMAPs.
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