One-Pot Wonders

Indian red lentil and potato dhal

February  4, 2013
2 Ratings
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

Once in a while it`s nice to have a meal without meat.
I always serve this dish with basmati rice, mango chutney and yoghurt. —myfoodpassion

What You'll Need
  • 14 ounces Red lentils, ready made
  • 2 potatoes, medium size
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon red curry paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon tumeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried chili flakes
  • 1 teaspoon indian curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 7 ounces canned chopped tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 handful chopped cilantro
  1. Dice potatoes into cubes. Boil them in a saucepan with water until almost soft and cooked through. Melt butter in another large saucepan over medium high heat. Add chopped onion and cook for a few minutes until golden. Add curry paste, garam masala, curry powder, turmeric, chili flakes, sugar, garlic, ginger and stir fry for 1 minute. Add the chopped tomatoes and cook for another 2 minutes. Pour in the lentils, coconut milk and potaoes. Stir gently and let it simmer for 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle over chopped cilantro.

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7 Reviews

Victoria May 5, 2019
How do you think it would be to substitute sweet potato for the potatoes?
x June 14, 2018
can I get an estimate for 14 oz of red lentils in cups? I've never used a scale before so I can't even guess myself
noelie August 2, 2019
14oz is the size of a can, so ready made lentils is a can of lentils - if uncooked then half of that :) (400g can or 200gms for half)
Cindy C. January 10, 2017
Tried this recipe tonight and it was delicious. Thai curry meets Indian curry. I see you have listed lemon on the ingredient list, however it is nowhere to be found in the body of the recipe. Also, on the recipe body you mention butter, but it's not listed in the ingredients list. How much did you add? And when did you add the lemon?
Thank you! Great recipe!!
Lindsay-Jean H. January 10, 2017
Hi Cindy, I found the recipe on her blog (, but the butter seems to be missing there as well, hopefully she weighs in soon!
Rebecca H. May 28, 2013
What is 'cilantro' please? I don't know if we have this in New Zealand
myfoodpassion May 29, 2013
Maybe you use the word coriander istead ?
Latin name: coriandrum sativum
Strong perfume smelling plant