Spicy Dal with Coconut Oil and Turmeric Root

If it’s Monday night and everything in my kitchen is covered in the color orange than I must be cooking with turmeric! I never in my life enjoyed lentils or dal or legumes in general until my good friend Lesandra made me Egyptian style lentils. Now I’m kind of a little obsessed with this super easy to make, high fiber Indian dish.


This recipe is a collaboration of the dal my boyfriend made me and also the Egyptian dal Lesandra makes (Which in my opinion is the best dal ever)

Serve this with my Paneer stuffed Spinach Parthetha Bread

1 cup red lentils

3 tsp coconut oil

2 cloves garlic

2 quarter sized ginger root, peeled

2 quarter sized chunks turmeric root, peeled

4- 6 red Chinese dried chilis

4 curry leaves

1 tablespoon good quality curry powder

1 tsp mustard seeds

1 tsp cumin seeds

1 tsp coriander seeds

3 cups water

In a food processer combine the garlic, chilies, ginger and turmeric roots. Cook this paste in the hot coconut oil.

In a mortar and pestle smash up the seeds while the garlic/ chili mixture is cooking.  Add the curry powder. Add the lentils, Water, curry leaves and the seed mixture. Let cook for thirty minutes until the lentils are soft. Let cook for a few minutes and than put all of this in the blender until smooth.


  1. Lesandre

    I feel like such a celebrity on this blog! So many props! And to think the boyfriend said my dal was “bland”. He didn’t try the Egyptian one, though. My only change to this recipe would be more curry leaves! I add them to pasta sauce too! I wonder what they would do to ice cream, LOL?

  2. gretchen

    I actually made a very similar dal recipe. I love dal! I tried some…british maybe (??) Lentil soup and was like ewwwww no wonder Americans avoid lentils! They tasted like dust but less flavorful Than dust lol. But curried lentils….Yum! I used fresh coriander as i didnt have seeds.

  3. Nancy A

    Great recipe Amber. I saw it at the Plant-based Potluck Party Link Up #48. This is my first visit to your blog and I am impressed.I liked your recipe so much that I pinned it. If you get a chance, check out my post. It’s the one that’s called Vividly Colored Plant-Based Dish Has Eye and Taste Appeal. Warm regards, Nancy Andres, Health & Lifestyle Writer, Author of “Colors of Joy: A Woman’s Guide for Self-Discovery, Balance, and Bliss,” Blogger at http://obloggernewbie.blogspot.com and http://www.nancyandreswriter.com/colors-of-joy-blog/

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  5. Deborah Davis

    I have become obsessed with including turmeric in my diet as much as possible due to its amazing health benefits so I am delighted that you shared your healthy and delicious Spicy Dal recipe with us on the Plant-Based Potluck Party Link Up. I appreciate it and I can’t wait to try your recipe. I’m pinning and sharing.

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