Lentil Dhal

Yum have you ever had dhal!? This recipe from Loni Jane has made me a superfan! A great budget friendly meal, this recipe only calls for bulk or canned foods with spices. It is a perfect end-of-the-week, my-fridge-is-completely-empty meal!


Ingredients (for dhal):

2 cups lentils (I used red lentils, but Loni recommends yellow)

6 cups water

1 can coconut milk

1 can diced tomatoes

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon paprika

1 tablespoon curry powder

1 teaspoon ground coriander

2 teaspoons turmeric

1 teaspoon mustard seeds

3 bay leaves

1 teaspoon sea salt

Ingredients (for plating):

1 cup jasmine rice, cooked

the juice of a lemon

fresh cilantro and avocado for garnish



1) Add all dhal ingredients except the coconut milk and tomatoes into a large pot. Bring the pot to a boil and then turn down to a simmer.

2) Add coconut milk and tomatoes. Stir well.

3) Continue to simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. 

4) Remove bay leaves. Serve over steamed jasmine rice. Squeeze lemon or lime juice on top! (This step is so crucial!!!) Top with optional garnish. Enjoy!


recipe adapted from Loni Jane