Red lentil & squash dhal

Red lentil & squash dhal

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(87 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 40 mins


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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  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
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  • 1 onion, finely chopped



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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


  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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sarah sheppard's picture
sarah sheppard
19th Jun, 2018
So tasty and filling. I substituted the squash for chunky pieces of red pepper and a handful of king prawns (I also used a tbsp of garam masala instead of cumin and coriander as I didn’t have them) but it was wonderful. The next day I had the leftovers for lunch with crispy chorizo and lots of coriander - so so good and possibly even better than the night before. Definitely a keeper, I will be making this dhal again and again with slight variations each time I am sure. My family and I loved it.
22nd Mar, 2018
Came across this recipe whilst looking for ways to use up a load of red lentils, and it was easy to make and very tasty! Definitely increase the spices; I used double but upping them by 50 % would probably be enough. I served it just with chapati and found this recipe made enough for six lunchtime portions. It froze and reheated in the microwave really well.
1st Nov, 2017
I added a few left overs from fridge chicken, leeks and red pepper. I like food a little more spicy so added extra of all the spices and cayenne pepper. oh just because i fancied it tomato puree. Went down a treat. will defiantly be making that again
26th Jul, 2017
I used 110g lentils, 600ml stock, 490g squash, doubled the spices (substitutedthe cayenne pepper for hot chilli powder) , added some frozen spinach 10 min from the end and some tinned sweetcorn just before the end and served with rice. This made 4 portions.
9th May, 2017
I come back to this recipe time and time again. Freezes really well and is always scoffed by the whole family. I always up the spices and the mango chutney and usually cook for a bit longer until the lentils start to break down. Fab with garlic and coriander naans!
30th Mar, 2017
Delicious. We're not vegetarian so added some prawns and increased the spices by 50% after reading the comments. I used more squash and reduced the lentils by 50% and cooked them at the same time for approx 25 mins which was fine.
13th Mar, 2017
Lovely recipe. Simple, quick and delicious. I took heed of comments from others and only added 1 litre of stock and I used vegetable stock because I was serving it to vegetarians. I added the squash and lentils at the same time and simmered for about 25 minutes by which time everything was perfectly cooked. The dahl reheats very successfully in the oven (or you could use a microwave) and you can serve it with naan or rice. I recommend this recipe.
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.
4th Nov, 2016
It gets a bit sweet... A taste that I don't like in food.
31st Oct, 2016
In a word - yummy!


29th Apr, 2018
In the nutrition info for this recipient, it states there is 42g of protein per serving. I take it that's a mistake as lentils only contain 9g protein per 100g and there is 300g total in this recipie. Also butternut squash only contains 1g protein per 100g, so just wondering what the actual amount of protein is per serving. Thanks.
8th Oct, 2017
Can this be frozen
goodfoodteam's picture
11th Oct, 2017
Thanks for your question. We put the freezer information above the nutritional breakdown, where applicable. In this case, we think the dish is better served fresh but you could freeze it if you have leftovers.
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?
goodfoodteam's picture
19th May, 2014
There is no need to soak the lentils first, thanks.
14th May, 2014
Lentils don't require pre-soaking, they cook in the chicken stock/tomatoes :)
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!
1st Jul, 2016
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.
EveryWitchWay's picture
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.