Khatti dhal lentils in a bowl with spoon

Dhal recipes

Make some dhal-ightful lentil curries for a filling veggie supper... These Indian-inspired recipes include variations on black dhal and a red lentil dish.

15 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

Serve this tasty, healthy dhal as a vegetarian main meal or side dish. Adding tamarind to the lentils delivers fabulous sweet and sour flavour

1 hr and 45 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
145 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

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

55 mins
Easy
Healthy
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21 ratings 3.5 out of 5 star rating

Make a simple and healthy storecupboard supper like this easy dhal when you're cooking on a budget. To keep it vegan, use vegetable oil rather than ghee

1 hr and 10 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegan
556 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

A comforting vegan one-pot recipe that counts for 3 of your 5-a-day! You can't go wrong with this iron-rich, low-fat, low-calorie supper.

45 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegan
8 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

Make no excuses for how rich this delicious black dhal is  – the buttery lentil dish is meant to be enjoyed as a comforting celebration dish

2 hrs and 10 mins
More effort
Vegetarian
Gluten-free
5 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

If you're eating gluten-free or dairy-free, try this delicious dhal topped with spicy cauliflower as a filling dinner or as a smaller side dish

35 mins
Easy
Vegan
Gluten-free
30 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

This super-satisfying, slow cooker curry is packed with iron and fibre. Serve with a choice of tasty garnishes to turn your simple supper into a warming feast

7 hrs and 10 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
Gluten-free
14 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

This rich and comforting spicy lentil dish, topped with lightly curried vegetables, is delicious served with creamy yogurt and zesty lime

1 hr and 35 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
85 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

Spiced red lentil dhal is topped with creamy sweet potato mash in these individual vegetarian pies - a cheap weeknight dinner option

40 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
8 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

For an easy curry night dish, try this one-pot baked dhal - packed with Indian flavours and topped with white fish fillets

1 hr and 20 mins
Easy
21 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

Cook red lentils with cumin, mustard seeds and turmeric and serve with a fluffy jacket potato and chutney

1 hr and 10 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
29 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

Spice up supper with this superhealthy recipe that's high in fibre, packed with iron and counts as 4 of your 5-a-day - it's cheap too!

35 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
12 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

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

20 mins
Easy
Vegan
10 ratings 3.4 out of 5 star rating

Dhal is super-easy and cheap to make - plus lentils are really good for you, so it's a winner from all sides

1 hr and 5 mins
Easy
Vegan
5 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Make this delicious dhal for your toddler and introduce them to mild curry flavours. With yellow split peas, spinach and cashews, it's tasty and healthy

Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
5 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

This dhal from Lucknow 49 uses mung beans cooked in milk, and is gently spiced and comforting. Serve as a main or side dish – it's a great veggie partner to an Indian feast 

1 hr and 35 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
Gluten-free
22 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

You’ll love the ‘tarka’, which is the spiced butter that’s poured over this subtly flavoured Indian chickpea and coconut dhal. Serve with chutneys and pickles alongside

1 hr and 5 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
Gluten-free
26 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

This comforting chickpea and lentil curry provides all five of your 5-a-day. It’s spiced with turmeric and ginger and topped with a calcium-rich raita

35 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
13 ratings 3.7 out of 5 star rating

Serve this curried chicken with cauliflower, spinach, lentils and tomatoes for a healthy supper. It delivers five of your 5-a-day and is full of flavour

55 mins
Easy
Healthy
3 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Combine spinach, harissa, yogurt and almonds with our basic lentils recipe to make this fabulous spinach dhal. Packed with nutrients, it's wonderfully healthy

15 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
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