Red lentil & squash dhal

Red lentil & squash dhal

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(42 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 40 mins

Easy

Serves 4
A hearty budget meal of spiced red lentils with butternut and tomatoes. Add coriander, cumin, turmeric and a dollop of mango chutney

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal495
  • fat12g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs58g
  • sugars14g
  • fibre9g
  • protein42g
  • salt0.6g
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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

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  • 1 onion, finely chopped
    Onion

    Onion

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  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 400g butternut squash, peeled and cut into 2cm (prepared weight)
  • 400g can chopped tomato
  • 1.2l chicken stock
  • 1 heaped tbsp mango chutney
  • 300g red lentil
  • small pack coriander, roughly chopped
  • naan bread, to serve

Method

  1. Put the oil and the onion in a saucepan, and cook for 5 mins. Stir in the garlic and cook for a further 1 min, then stir in the spices and butternut squash. Combine everything together.

  2. Tip in the chopped tomatoes, stock and chutney, and season well. Bring to the boil, then gently simmer for about 10 mins. Add the lentils and simmer for another 20 mins until the lentils and squash are tender. Stir in the coriander and serve with warmed naan bread.

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Noah's Grandma
20th Dec, 2016
Absolutely loved this, so simple to make and was a great accompaniment to the spiced vegetable biryani. Used 2 tbs of chutney and just 1 litre of veg stock. Everyone enjoyed this, will definitely be making this again.
Recipefinders
4th Nov, 2016
2.55
It gets a bit sweet... A taste that I don't like in food.
Bridget1056
31st Oct, 2016
In a word - yummy!
neilbowes
2nd Aug, 2016
I decided to add a tin of coconut milk and a little lemon juice. Made it even nice!!
saelma4
27th Jun, 2016
5.05
Made this recipe tonight and absolutely loved it- will definitely make again, served with http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/418615/easy-naan-bread added some mushrooms as only had quarter of a butternut squash to use, also didn't have cayenne pepper so used smoked paprika instead which seemed to work fine, will try it with the cayenne next time! Will be having leftovers for lunch tomorrow.
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SE99
22nd Jun, 2016
5.05
This was a really lovely dish and very simple to make. As others have said, it easily made more than 4 portions and I added a generous sprinkling of curry powder on top of the spices listed. served with tandoori chicken and naan needs, went down well with adults and children alike!
Kyraniums
3rd Apr, 2016
Oh my, this was awesome! I took the advice of other commenters and doubled the spices. I also tripled the mango chutney, because I absolutely love it. It needed a bit of salt and some lime juice to freshen it up. Used vegetable stock to make it meat-free. The portions were a bit too big. I made 6 instead of 4.
jemizackmond
26th Mar, 2016
3.8
I thought this was delicious. I didn't use fresh coriander but it was still lovely. My husband said it was a little bland (but he says that about a lot of things!) I will definitely be making this again, perhaps with a little more of the spices in. Lovely with naan bread.
stonking
16th Dec, 2015
5.05
Very good recipe, though I found I needed to up the spices quite a lot. Lovely with naan and some plain yoghurt :)
PacificQuill
18th Nov, 2015
5.05
This was amazing. Made a big batch up for my uni house, everyone loved it, it seems everyone else in the comments section had the same idea haha, upped the spices (maybe 1/4-1/2 a tsp more of each, proportionally) and I replaced the chutney again with puree. Delicious, didn't take more than an hour to make (I'm an over-eager prepper, I like to have everything chopped and in separate ramekins before the hob even goes on), and great on a budget.

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Sacrifice
8th May, 2014
Should I soak the lentils first, or is it better to put them in dried and let the tomatoes and other liquid do their magic whilst cooking?
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goodfoodteam
19th May, 2014
There is no need to soak the lentils first, thanks.
ChelleBelles
14th May, 2014
Lentils don't require pre-soaking, they cook in the chicken stock/tomatoes :)
westy1966
18th Oct, 2016
Fantastic recipe, I make it in the slow cooker and use sweet potato if I don't have squash. The potato just turns to purée if you give it a good stir with a fork which is perfect for dahl. The kids love it and there is always enough left to reheat - bonus!
little_lady
1st Jul, 2016
5.05
Great meal to have mid-week. Very tasty, fresh and healthy. I had no cayenne pepper, so I added some chilli powder and paprika which tasted great. My tip would be to partially roast the buttnernut squash before adding, as this helps it to soften up quicker.
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EveryWitchWay
12th Nov, 2014
try it with chopped onion this is so good
Melanie Willoughy
13th Feb, 2014
Love this easy veggie supper dish and as I had no mango chutney, I finely chopped half a fresh mango adding this at the same time as the lentils. Very yummy.