Lentil Dahl with Spiced Onions….

Lentil Dahl with Spiced Onions….

Serves 4


  • 1 litre water
  • 1 large white British Onion roughly chopped
  • 2.5cm/1 inch piece root ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, roughly crushed
  • 200g/7oz chopped tomatoes
  • 300g/10oz red lentils
  • Salt and ground black pepper


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 white onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, roughly crushed
  • 2 teaspoons back onion seeds
  • One quarter to half teaspoon crushed dried chilli
  • Pinch turmeric
  • 150g/5oz Natural yoghurt
  • Small bunch fresh coriander to garnish


  1. Pour the water into a medium saucepan, add the chopped onion, ginger, turmeric and cumin seeds then add the tomatoes and bring to the boil.
  2. Put the lentils into a sieve, rinse with cold water, drain and then add to the saucepan with plenty of salt and pepper. 
  3. Bring back to the boil then simmer for about 30 minutes,stirring from time to time until the lentils are soft.
  4. About 10 minutes before you are ready to serve, make the topping by heating the oil in a frying pan, add the onions and fry gently for 5 minutes until softened. 
  5. Add the garlic, if using, the seeds and spices and fry for 3-4 minutes more, stirring until browned.
  6. Spoon the lentils into bowls, top with spoonfuls of yogurt, the onion mixture and torn coriander leaves to garnish. Serve with warmed naโ€™an bread or chapattis.

Recipe and photo credit by- British Onions

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  1. ~April~
    15th January 2012 / 4:46 pm

    Came by on the Super Stalker Sunday Hop :-)Following GFChttp://ramblingandadventure.blogspot.com

  2. Aleks
    15th January 2012 / 7:24 pm

    yum!! if only my fiance ate lentils. do you think this would freeze well?

  3. Christy Ann
    15th January 2012 / 11:55 pm

    Yum. I know I couldn't pull this off, but it looks so so good! Following from Super Stalker Sunday.

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    16th January 2012 / 4:46 am

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  5. Clairejustine
    16th January 2012 / 6:47 am

    @April thanks for following,I am already a follower in GFC so i'm now following on Google + too ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Clairejustine
    16th January 2012 / 6:49 am

    @Aleks Thanks for the comment,sorry i'm not sure if this would freeze well as i haven't tried this …

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    16th January 2012 / 6:51 am

    @Christy Ann thanks for the comment and the following,now following ๐Ÿ™‚

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    16th January 2012 / 6:52 am

    @April,sorry now following,wasn't signed in before so thought i was following:)

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    16th January 2012 / 6:54 am

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