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Red Lentil Dal

Simple Indian dal, made with red lentils, onions, garlic, spices, tomatoes, and cilantro.
4 Servings - 40 min -
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Servings:4  | Calories:214 | Total Fat:2g  | Chol:0mg  | More
Nutritional facts are per serving and accuracy is not certain.
Total Fat 2g
3 %
Sat Fat 0g
0 %
Total Carb 37g
12 %
Fiber 17g
68 %
Sugars 3g
Cholesterol 0mg
0 %
Sodium 617mg
26 %
Protein 14g
29 %
79% Red lentils
12% Others combined
4% Cilantro
4% Sesame seeds
Percentages based on 2000 calories diet. Data may be incomplete or calculations inaccurate - Learn more.


1 cup red lentils (orange lentils will work as well)
3 cups water
3 plum tomatoes
2 teaspoons grapeseed, vegetable, canola or other high-heat oil
1/2 cup white or yellow onion, finely chopped
2 medium cloves garlic, finely chopped and made into a paste*
2 teaspoons of Bengali five spice mix (panch phoron) or 1/2 tsp black (or white) sesame seeds, 1/2 tsp cumin seeds, 1/2 tsp fennel seeds, 1/2 tsp mustard seeds, and (if available) 1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon kosher salt plus more to taste
1 lime, juiced (equal to about 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice)
8 sprigs cilantro, de-stemmed and chopped
Cooked basmati rice, optional

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