Lime & coconut dhal

Lime & coconut dhal

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(11 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 8
A vegetarian dip with a fresh zesty flavour, your party guests will hover around this one

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal104
  • fat8g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs7g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre2g
  • protein3g
  • salt0.39g
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  • 1-2 tbsp mild curry paste
  • 160ml tin coconut cream
  • zest of 1 lime, plus a squeeze of juice



    The same shape, but smaller than…

  • 1 heaped tsp brown sugar
  • 400g tin lentils, drained



    The lentil plant (Lens Culinaris) originates from Asia and North Africa and is one of our oldest…

  • handful chopped coriander, plus extra to serve
  • 2 warmed naan bread, cut into fingers


  1. Heat the curry paste in a pan for 1 min. Pour in the coconut cream and stir to combine. Add the lime zest, brown sugar and lentils. Bring to a simmer and cook for 10 mins, adding a squeeze of lime juice and seasoning. Stir through a handful chopped coriander and serve with warmed naan breads. Sprinkle extra coriander on the dhal if you like. Great warm or at room temperature.

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26th Feb, 2019
This was awful. Not sure what I did wrong but the flavours just didn’t go together at all. None of the family would eat it.
15th Feb, 2019
This dhal was perfect for returning home to a house with empty cupboards. I modified it to what was in, so lemon rather than lime and no fresh coriander. Had it with pita, yum.
4th Jan, 2015
I just made this in my pressure cooker, and served it hot with gluten free cumin flatbreads (also a BbcgGoodFood recipe). Sooo good, and even my husband who wasn't too excited about the idea of dhal has asked me to make it again lots! It's full of flavour, cheap, quick, healthy, filling and made mostly with storecupboard ingredients. What more can you ask for?! A keeper.
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3rd Apr, 2013
Perhaps I did something wrong but I did not rate this at all. I found the lime and the cream a strange mixture although I love Thai food with coconut milk and lime often found in that so not sure why it was different here. will try another dhal recipe.
19th Aug, 2012
Have made this previously to the recipe and it's so easy and mega tasty. Last night made with chickpeas instead (blunder in the supermarket) and blended it down with a bit of creme fresh - made an amazing hoummous!
6th May, 2011
Made this for the Royal Wedding bash at my Mum's. It was really delicious, and so easy. Used light coconut milk so kept the calories down, and served with warm naan. Next door Veggie asked for the recipe. This is one I'll be making again and again.
19th Mar, 2011
so easy and so good
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