Red lentil & squash dhal

Red lentil & squash dhal

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(126 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
    Sunflower oil

    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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16th Dec, 2015
Very good recipe, though I found I needed to up the spices quite a lot. Lovely with naan and some plain yoghurt :)
18th Nov, 2015
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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12th Jul, 2015
This was delicious. Like many others here didn't have chutney, so replaced with some puree. Slightly upped the amount of spices also. But v nice. most other recipes on this site, it makes way more portions than you say. Easily 6 filling portions we got out of we've a fridge full of it...will be eating it for weeks...:)
14th May, 2015
This is just so nice. I have tried lots of vegetarian curries from bbc good food and this is so far the nicest. It is also quite good frozen and reheated (just had it for lunch), however the squash does go mushy a bit with reheating.
10th May, 2015
Always looking for recipes for butternut squash, cooked this today and really enjoyed it. I didn't have any chutney so just left that out, I had some old carrots that needed eating so I roasted them and just put them on top. My 18 year old son thought it was delicious too. Also made it with veggie stock as we are veggie.
14th Apr, 2015
Simply delicious. So simple and full of flavour. Calories seem very high - I'm hoping this is due to the naan bread.
20th Feb, 2015
made this last night between two of us so halved the receipe, huge portion had to leave some but really nice, very easy to cook, and the texture was perfect. not overly flavoursome but still nice. didnt have any mango chutney so used sweet chilli sauce and didnt have any fresh coriander to finish. would make again
10th Dec, 2014
Delicious!! I now make this a few times a week as it is asked for by my hubby. I don't have red lentils so use green lentils instead and have never had mango chutney when making so use sweet chilli sauce. I also skip the butternut squash and serve mine with grilled salmon fillets. And I make more and it is delicious the next day served cold. definitely a firm favourite.
18th Aug, 2014
Cheap, easy and really tasty. Freezes well too.
3rd Jul, 2014
Made this yesterday and it was just so bland. No flavour to it. I added loads more spice but to no avail. We all ate it but no one really liked it.


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