This green lentil daal recipe is Indian inspired and packed full of tasty spices. It's ready in less than 45 minutes, made in one pot and perfect for meal prep. It also happens to be vegan, so it's perfect for your meat free Monday!Jump to Recipe
Oh my god guys!! I didn't realise how long it's been since my last post!! I've been sat, brimming with ideas for new recipes, cooking a tonne, but just not taking photos or writing - blogging fail! I think I did need the time away though, between settling in to a new country, freelancing and obviously enjoying a bunch of new food I've been quite busy! The time off has given me some focus, I have a back catalogue of so many good recipes and I can't wait to start sharing with you again! I'm super happy to be posting this green lentil daal recipe with you today - it's a million times tried and tested, and has gotten lots of thumbs up!
What is Daal?
Daal (or dahl, or dal) is a traditional Indian dish that is made form legumes - most commonly lentils, but it can also be made with split peas or beans. It can be served as a side dish or as a vegan main, and is often served with naan bread or rice to soak up all those spicy flavours.
Since moving to Toronto, I've REALLY missed good Indian food. Indian food in Britain is it's own special cuisine, and although Toronto is head and shoulders above in other world foods, Indian just hasn't quite taken off in the same way here. British Indian food is the only thing I've been craving since the move, and this recipe totally hits the spot!
Green Lentil Daal cooked in coconut milk- A Vegan Recipe
So my regular readers will know that I lurve my meat, but a visit from one of my best friends, who just happens to be vegan, made me step out of my 'let's eat steak' norm! Flavour, in a lot of the dishes we are used to, comes from fat, more specifically, animal fat, so when cooking without that enhancer you gotta rely on spices and flavours from other sources. That's why Indian food is great for vegans!
When I've cooked lentils in the past, I've often cooked them in stock (chicken or veggie) to get additional seasoning into them. Because of the Indian spices I used in this dish, coconut milk was an easy substitution, it gives the finished dish a silky, creamy texture and the sweetness balances out the heat of the spices.
How to Make Green Lentil Daal
Here's the good news! This recipe is an easy weeknight meal that is cooked in one pot, on the table in 45 minutes and the leftovers are even better making this perfect for meal prep. I make a huge batch each time for lunches and easy re-heat dinners! Seriously guys, this recipe is so easy, I can't even add any tips or tricks to make it easier!
I kept my green lentil daal fairly simple for this recipe, but I have also added in extra veg in other batches. Spinach can be stirred in just before serving, or kale if you are that way inclined. I love it with mushrooms, or you could try cauliflower or carrots. I also love stirring in parsley or coriander (cilantro) at the end of the recipe. This recipe is merely a base for your imagination!
If you are looking for some more Indian inspired vegan dishes, check out my Chickpea and Spinach Curry or head on over to one of my favourite bloggers, Vegan Richa, where you can find hundreds (if not thousands!) of vegan recipes!
Green Lentil Daal
- 4 cups green lentils 800g
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp mustard seeds
- ½ tbsp turmeric
- 1 tbsp ground cumin
- ½ tbsp mild curry powder
- 2 bay leaves or 4 curry leaves if you can find them!
- 1 red onion finely diced
- 2 inches ginger minced
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 2 red chilis minced
- 27 fl. oz coconut milk (2 cans) or cream if you want it thicker. 800ml
- 1 cup water 200 ml ( more if needed)
- juice of one lime
- salt and pepper
- Place the lentils in a large bowl of water and set to one side. Chop the ingredients and get your spices ready!
- Heat the oil in large pot over a medium heat. Once hot, add the mustard seeds.
- When the mustard seeds start to pop, add in the turmeric, cumin, curry powder and bay leaves. Stir for a couple of minutes until the spices become fragrant.
- Add in the onion, ginger, garlic and chili. Stir so that the spice coats the onions and cook for 5 minutes until the onions start to soften.
- Drain the lentils, and add in to the pot. Add the coconut milk, lime juice and water and mix well. Pop a lid on for 15 minutes
- After 15 minutes, take the lid off and give a good stir, at this point you can add any added vegetables that you wish. Cook the dish for another 10 or so minutes until excess liquid has cooked off
- At this point, you could stir in some spinach or herbs - parsley and coriander work really well!
- Serve with naan or rice