Dahl Lunch;Gastro Series

Dahl Lunch;Gastro Series

Once again it’s time to do next weeks first few lunches ready. It’s Sunday and I don’t want to be in the kitchen for hours. Quick lunch ideas are my favorite ones. I’ve been dabbling into the vegetarian dishes lately and trying different flavors as well as spices. Cumin is a bit unfamiliar spice for me but still I have it in my spice collection. So this was the perfect recipe to try out cumin. Lentils are so good and versatile ingredient, you can create soups, different stews etc. So here’s a recipe for delicious lentil dahl! 🤤This was so quick, about 15 minutes and the dahl was ready. I already had some rice ready and for the other a cooked some whole wheat macaronis. Some chopped parsley on top and voilà it’s ready for the next day. And the rest of the dahl, I put in to a container to grab when needed.

Some fatcs on dahl: 1. Dahl other words as dal, dhal or daal. 2. It’s very light food, one serving is about 100g and is about 90 kcal. 3. Dahl can be referred as an ingredient or as a dish. Dahl is also a type of dried split pea or lentil. 4. In southern India they use pigeon peas or mung beans and in the northern India they use yellow split peas. 5. Extreme comfort food.

Lentil dahl ready to be eaten.
Serve lentil dahl with rice or other carb source.


Course Main Course
Keyword easy, lentils, lunch
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 90 kcal


  • 3 dl red lentils
  • 7,5 dl water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp chili flakes
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 star anise pod
  • 1/3 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tbsp parsley


  1. Rinse lentils with water. Sauté the onion in olive oil for few minutes.

  2. Add the spices and sauté them as well for few minutes to get the flavor out.

  3. Add the lentils and water. Boil for about 10 min or until lentils are cooked. Take the anise pod out of the mixture.

  4. Serve the dahl with some rice, bread or other choice of carbs.

This is so nice lunch idea for the cold winter days, when you want to have something hot to warm you up. Also check out my other lentil soup recipe! Make sure to try out this Lentil Dahl recipe and tag me in Instagram with #lifebyniina! 😌

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