Recipe: Red Lentil Dal with Roti

Lentils are a staple in our household. We make burgers out of them, add them to salads and soups, and of course, make curries and dal.

This recipe is high in fibre and protein and is super simple, fragrant and spicy. There are many variations of dal recipes, and you can choose to add some coconut milk if you like it creamier, or even leave out the veggies. Experiment and see what you prefer.

You can serve with a side of basmati rice and/or some freshly made roti.

Here’s what you need:



  • 100g red lentils

  • 1tsp ground turmeric

  • 1tsp salt

  • 1 large finely diced carrot

  • 1 small bell pepper

  • 1 large onion chopped

  • 1 1/2 litres water (or half veggie broth + half water)

  • 4tsp vegetable oil (olive or sunflower)

  • 1 tsp nigella seeds, plus extra to garnish

  • 1 tbsp fresh grated ginger

  • 6 garlic cloves, minced