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Top 10 best ever dhal recipes

Make one of our top 10 best ever dhal recipes for the ultimate comforting bowl of curry. Try a classic khatti, a terrific tarka or creamy black dhal recipe.

Craving something comforting and versatile? Try one of our delicious dhal recipes – they’re perfect for feeding a crowd and can use up a variety of veg. They can be as complex or simple as you like and use budget-friendly ingredients like pulses and lentils. 

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A dhal is a hearty family dish and there really is one for everyone. Whether you prefer rich and spicy or creamy and coconutty, our Indian-inspired recipes are guaranteed to put a smile on your face. If you want even more inspiration see our healthy Indian recipe collection
 

1. Spinach, sweet potato & lentil dhal


This really is the daddy of all dhal – packed with iron and low in fat, our spinach, sweet potato and lentil dhal serves up three of your five-a-day in one delicious dish. A filling vegan dinner for the whole family to enjoy.

Want to take a look at another super healthy Indian dish? Our Indian winter soup is just as delicious and can be stored for ultimate convenience. 
 

2. Aubergine dhal with tomato & onion raita


Say hello to goodness in a bowl – our gluten-free aubergine dhal packs in all of your five-a-day. Super comforting and spiced with turmeric and ginger, this dish still packs a punch. We serve with a spoon of bio yogurt for that extra dollop of gut health. 

Looking for more gluten-free goodness? Our saag paneer is super quick and easy to make, and a very popular traditional Indian dish. 
 

3. Creamy black dhal with crispy onions


This creamy black dhal is a slow cooker sensation – it may take a little bit of forward thinking, but it’s worth it. Simmering away for up to six hours, you have time to prepare your favourite sides and garnishes. 

For inspiration, check out our guide for the best Indian side dishes, jam-packed with recipes to cater for everyone. 
 

4. Khatti dhal


Our scrumptious khatti dhal can be adapted to just the consistency you like. Seasoned with tamarind paste and hot chilli powder, this dish has a wonderful sweet and sour flavour. We used dried chillies too, but if you like yours to be a bit less spicy, these can be taken out for a sweeter taste. 

Looking to serve with a tasty side dish? Try these easy onion bhajis or Indian oven chips for a family feast. 
 

5. Chickpea & coconut dhal 


This subtle chickpea and coconut dhal uses a traditional Indian method of seasoning called ‘tarka’, bringing a real taste of India to your home. We’ve included tips to help you get your dhal to the perfect consistency. 

If you’re running low on time and want something with fewer ingredients, try our 20-minute lime and coconut dhal
 

6. Next level dhal makhani


This super duper next level dhal makhani is truly deserving of its name. A rich and buttery dish, it’s designed to bring comfort and happiness to those who make it. Swap the double cream for your favourite non-dairy cream to make it vegan. 

Want to add a little something extra? Take a look at our one-pan lentil dhal with curried fish
 

7. Red lentil & squash dhal

Perfect as a starter and a main, our hearty red lentil and squash dhal uses butternut squash for a healthier twist on an Indian classic. Served with a dollop of sweet mango chutney on a warm naan, this dhal will warm you up from the inside out.

Fancy something with a little more spice? Take a look at our spicy veggie chapati wraps to crank the heat up.  
 

8. Sweet & sour lentil dhal with grilled aubergine


Tamarind is the secret ingredient in our sweet & sour lentil dhal, bringing an irresistible tangy flavour. This budget-friendly feast, topped with slices of tender grilled aubergine, makes a delectable dinner for two.  

Discover our best ever aubergine recipes for feeding a crowd, try them baked, grilled or barbecued.
 

9. Tarka dhal


The aroma of a classic tarka dhal stewing away on the stove is enough to make anyone’s stomach rumble. This healthy dinner takes just five minutes of prep, then time to reduce and reach the desired consistency. Top your lentils with fresh tomato, coriander and a delectable garlicky onion mixture. 

Find more protein-packed dishes in our ultimate lentil recipe collection
 

10. Spinach dhal with harissa yogurt


Rustle up a wholesome bowl of spinach dhal with a dollop of creamy yogurt and aromatic harissa. This simple, healthy dinner uses our basic lentil base and just four ingredients to create a filling dinner for two. Top with crunchy flaked almonds and plate up in just 15 minutes flat. 

Try even more spinach recipes, from fresh salads to sumptuous saag paneer. 
 

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