This Quick and Easy Lentil Dahl is ready in 20 minutes and will keep you fully satisfied!

Quick and Easy Lentil Dahl

When you’re strapped for time but need a power boost from a deeply nourishing meal, this Quick and Easy Lentil Dahl is the ultimate go-to. If you have some organic cooked lentils it makes whipping this up a breeze. Adding plenty of lemon, herbs, and spices takes it from blah to bling! It also freezes brilliantly.

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What’s in Quick and Easy Lentil Dahl

Spices and herbs for Quick and Easy Lentil Dahl

What I LOVE about this Dahl

  1. It’s full of flavor and hugely satisfying
  2. Ready in 20 minutes – if you’re using precooked lentils
  3. Hugely budget-friendly
  4. A powerful plant-powered meal
  5. Fat-free, fiber-filled, and extremely healthy
  6. Tastes delicious!

Is a lentil dahl healthy?

Absolutely! Here’s why:)

  • High Protein Content: Lentils are an excellent source of plant-based protein. Protein is essential for the body’s growth, repair, and overall maintenance. Lentil dal is a great option for vegetarians and vegans looking to incorporate protein into their diet.
  • Rich in Fiber: Lentils are a good source of dietary fiber, promoting digestive health and helping to regulate blood sugar levels. A diet high in fiber is also associated with a reduced risk of heart disease.
  • Nutrient-Rich: Lentils are packed with essential nutrients, including iron, magnesium, potassium, and B vitamins. These nutrients play crucial roles in various bodily functions, such as energy production, immune system support, and maintaining healthy bones.
  • Low in Fat: Lentils are low in fat, making lentil dal a relatively low-fat protein source. This can be beneficial for those looking to manage their fat intake while still obtaining essential nutrients.
  • Satiety and Weight Management: The combination of protein and fiber in lentil dal can contribute to a feeling of fullness, which may help with weight management by reducing overall calorie intake.

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Ultimate Lentil Soup

Lentil Brown Rice Burger

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Quick and Easy Lentil Dahl


Quick and Easy Lentil Dahl

  • Author: The Well Fed Yogi
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: dinner
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Diet: Vegan



1 yellow onion, peeled and diced

2 large cloves of garlic peeled and smashed
1/2 inch knob ginger peeled and grated
1 large carrot, peeled and diced
1 cup red lentils rinsed or 1 packet or can of precooked lentils

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
34 cups low sodium veggie stock

1 cup baby spinach or kale
½ large lemon juiced

1 tablespoon plain Kite Hill yogurt (optional)

Chopped cilantro leaves for serving


  • Finely chop the onion and grate (or chop) the garlic, ginger and carrot.
  • In a large Dutch oven or pot, heat 1/4 cup of low sodium vegetable broth on medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, ginger, and carrot, and saute for 5 minutes or until soft and fragrant. Add a little more broth if things begin to stick.
  • Add the lentils and cumin, and stir to heat through. Add another 3 cups of the broth, turn the heat up to high, and bring to a boil. When just beginning to boil, reduce the heat to medium low, cover, and simmer 12-15 minutes or until lentils are very soft. Keep an eye on the dahl, if it’s looking too thick, add another cup of broth.
  • When the lentils are cooked, blend about half of the dahl in a blender (or use an immersion blender). Add the blended soup back to the pot.
  • Add the fresh lemon juice to the pot, the baby kale or spinach – it will cook in the heat of the soup, and the yogurt if using. Stir well, sprinkle over fresh cilantro and serve.

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