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Sweet Coconut Red Lentil Dal

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Trying to mix things up one night during quarantine, I did some research on basic Indian dishes. I found a recipe for Red Lentil Dal and made do with the ingredients I had on hand. I served it with Coconut Jasmine Rice. It may not be as authentic as possible, but it turned out SO GOOD! It was a great addition to Chicken Tikka Masala, and I rounded it out with a side of Curried Sweet Potatoes and Cauliflower (Aloo Gobi).

Sweet Coconut Red Lentil Dal

coconut, Indian spices and red lentils for a side or main dish
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 people
Author Megan


  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup yellow onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup red lentils dry
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tablespoon yellow curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground dry ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 15 oz. coconut milk full fat unsweetened
  • 15 oz. can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt


  • Over medium heat, warm oil in a large saucepan.
  • Cook onion for 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook for just 60 seconds.
  • Add water and lentils and turn heat to high.
  • Bring to a boil, cover, reduce to medium-low heat.
  • Simmer for 25-30 minutes or until most of the water is absorbed.
  • Stir in coconut sugar, shredded coconut, spices, coconut milk and tomatoes.
  • Simmer over medium-low heat for 10-15 minutes. Season with salt.

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