Easiest red lentil dal with yogurt and pickled onion

Based on 12 ratings

Devan Grimsrud

Managing Editor at Kitchen Stories

“A recently discovered favorite take on dal from Priya Krishna’s Indian-ish cookbook, this is a super easy, satisfying, and flavorful lunch or dinner. I find it filling enough on its own, but you can also serve it with basmati rice, roti, or naan. Use plant-based yogurt and olive oil instead of butter to make it vegan, and add cilantro as a garnish if you have it. Don’t have dried chilis? Leave ‘em out. Don’t like onions? They’re not a necessity! Hope you find it as comforting as I do. #stayhomekeepcooking”


Easy 👌


200 g red lentils
700 ml water
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp butter
2 tsp cumin seeds
dried chilis
1 tsp fenugreek seeds
1 tsp chili flakes
red onion
yogurt (for serving)


  • pot
  • cooking spoon
  • knife
  • cutting board
  • frying pan (small)
  • bowl
  • Step 1/5

    • 200 g red lentils
    • 700 ml water
    • 1 tsp turmeric
    • 1 tsp salt
    • lime
    • pot
    • cooking spoon
    • knife
    • cutting board

    Add red lentils, water, turmeric, salt, and juice from half the lime to a pot over medium high heat. Stir to combine and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for approx. 7 min., or until lentils are soft and the mixture has thickened up a bit.

  • Step 2/5

    • 2 tbsp butter
    • 2 tsp cumin seeds
    • dried chilis
    • 1 tsp fenugreek seeds
    • 1 tsp chili flakes
    • frying pan (small)

    While the lentils cook, melt the butter in a small frying pan over low heat, then add the cumin seeds, dried chilis, fenugreek, and chili flakes. Swirl to combine and cook for approx. 1 min., then remove from the heat.

  • Step 3/5

    • red onion
    • salt
    • bowl

    Thinly sliced the red onions and add to a bowl with the remaining lime juice and some salt. Stir until well combined and set aside.

  • Step 4/5

    Add the butter and spices to the cooked dal and stir to combine, then remove from the heat.

  • Step 5/5

    • yogurt (for serving)

    Serve the dal with yogurt and the pickled onions. Enjoy!

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