Split Red Lentil Daal

Split Red Lentil Daal


10 mins

Cook Time

25 mins



This delightful Indian dish is a regular feature in our Monday meals. It boasts incredible flavor, brings comfort, and is crafted with a handful of wholesome, nutritious ingredients. What's even better, it can be prepared and ready to savor in under 30 minutes, requiring minimal hands-on effort!

You can enjoy this daal with roti, spoon it over rice or quinoa, or simply savor it as a soup. Regardless of your preference, consider pairing the daal with a side of salad or vegetables and plain yogurt (refer to my homemade yogurt recipe Homemade yogurt recipe.

Key Ingredients:

Red Lentils: Packed with protein, fiber, and essential nutrients, red lentils form the heart of this dish. They contribute to sustained energy and promote a feeling of fullness.

Tomatoes: Bursting with antioxidants and vitamins, tomatoes add a vibrant touch to our daal while providing immune-boosting benefits.

Turmeric: Known for its anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric not only lends a warm, golden hue but also contributes to the overall well-being of your body.

Cumin Seeds: A fragrant spice that not only elevates the flavor profile but also brings digestive benefits and a dose of iron.

Onion, Garlic, and Ginger: These aromatic trio not only enhance the taste but also introduce a myriad of health benefits, including immune support and improved digestion.

Cilantro: A fresh and vibrant herb that not only adds a burst of flavor but also provides antioxidants and aids digestion.

Optional: Chili Powder: For those who crave a hint of spice, chili powder can be added, offering metabolism-boosting properties and an extra kick.

Health Benefits:

Rich in Plant Protein: Ideal for vegans and vegetarians, this daal serves as a protein powerhouse, promoting muscle health and satiety.

Heart-Healthy: The combination of lentils, tomatoes, and spices contributes to heart health, with ingredients known for supporting cardiovascular well-being.

Anti-Inflammatory: Turmeric and cumin seeds bring anti-inflammatory properties, potentially aiding in reducing inflammation within the body.

Digestive Wellness: The inclusion of ginger, garlic, and cumin supports healthy digestion, making this daal not just delicious but also easy on the stomach.




  • Lid or Cover: To cover the saucepan while simmering the daal.
  • Bowl: For sorting and rinsing the lentils.
  • Medium Saucepan: For cooking the lentils, tomatoes, and spices.
  • Spatula or Spoon: For stirring the ingredients during cooking.
  • Skillet: For preparing the spice mixture with cumin seeds, diced onion, garlic, and ginger.
  • Knife and Cutting Board: For chopping ingredients such as onion, garlic, and ginger.
  • Measuring Utensils: For accurately measuring water, lentils, and spices.
  • Lid or Cover: To cover the saucepan while simmering the daal.

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