Easy Red Lentil Dal with Coconut


I am having a really busy week. So I needed a dish that is healthy, nourishing and that I can prepare in advance for several days. Luckily, I came across this delicious Red Lentil Dal with Coconut recipe from De Groene Meisjes (eng.: The Green Girls).

Jamie and Merel started her blog about responsible living a couple of years ago. They strongly believe that living “green” should and can be fun. That is, why they went out on a quest to find ways to live more responsible and happy at the same time. Part of it is (of course) cooking. Hence, every week they share several mouth-watering, plant-based recipes.

Their Red Lentil Dal with Coconut is for three to four portions. If you want to pre-cook for several days, you can leave it in the fridge for a couple of days or store it in the freezer. Here is what you need …

Easy Red Lentil Dal with Coconut

Servings: 3-4 // Prep Time: 20 minutes // Cook Time: 30 minutes


1 cup red lentils
3 garlic cloves
1 small onion
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon ginger
1 tablespoon cumin powder
1 tablespoon curcuma / turmeric
1 coconut milk or 1 package coconut cream
5 large tomatoes
Freshly ground sea salt and pepper
Fresh chopped cilantro and spring onion to garnish
Cooked rice for 3-4 portions


How you can do it:

  1. In a large saucepan over medium-low heat, heat oil, and sauté onion until softened. Add minced ginger and garlic; stir, and reduce heat to low.
  2. Add red lentils, cumin and curcuma. Stir until lentils are well coated with the oil and spices.
  3. Add tomatoes and 4 cups water. Raise heat to bring to a boil, then reduce heat until mixture is at a fast simmer. Cook uncovered until lentils are soft, for about 30 minutes. Stir occasionally about and add some water, if needed.
  4. To serve, place dal and rice in a serving bowl. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro and spring onion. Garnish with sea salt and pepper.
  5. If desired, serve with fresh lettuce, spinach and/or kale and top with some oil.
  6. Enjoy!
Always on a quest to try new things. After working on an Australian shrimp boat and cattle station, Nicole decided to follow her heart and left her home country Germany for good to move to the Netherlands. Here she lives with her handsome Dutch guy and explores new ways of living more conscious and responsible. She gets excited about everything that is organic, healthy, fairtrade, waste- and cruelty-free. After eating no meat since more than 10 years, Nicole recently decided to go vegan. She strongly believes that we are happier and healthier, if we live more natural. This is why she will do whatever it takes to give you the best insights on how to live a happy, healthy and responsible life.