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Spicy Coconut Red Lentil Dal Recipe (Instant Pot + Stovetop)

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Cozy up with this quick, easy, & tasty one pot spicy coconut red lentil dahl that is made with red lentils, coconut milk, tomatoes, garlic, onion and the perfect blend of Indian spices. It makes a most delicious gluten-free, vegan dish served alongside some basmati rice or naan bread! You can make this easy dal in the Instant Pot pressure cooker or on the stovetop!

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Red lentils are a staple in our household and I’m always whipping up some version of a curried dal (dahl or daal)!

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And, most of all, it must be spicy! We love our spice.

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You can have this scrumptious, comforting and filling dish on the table in only 40 minutes, and best of all? You only need one pot!

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It’s incredibly versatile and does well served alongside rice, quinoa, millet or any bread of choice. And dare I say that it tastes even better leftover? Yep. The flavors only continue to mature in time. You’ll love it. I promise!

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This Spicy Red Lentil Dahl is:

  • Super easy to make.

  • Hearty and filling.

  • Healthy and nutritious.

  • Truly creamy and comforting.

  • Filled with the perfect blend of spices for an amazing flavor profile.

  • Vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, nut-free, refined sugar-free.

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Tips for making Spicy Coconut Dal:

  • For a sugar-free version, the coconut sugar can be omitted or replace with a sugar-free sweetener such as this one.

  • The coconut milk adds some great creaminess, but in a pinch, it can be replaced with any dairy or non-dairy milk of choice.

  • The tomatoes can be replaced with two freshly chopped tomatoes for similar results.

  • This recipe is strictly for red lentils. I do not recommend replacing them with any other kind of lentils.

  • Like a lot of spice? Bump the red chili flakes up to 3/4 teaspoon.

  • Not a fan of spicy? Cut down or omit the red chili flakes.

  • Store leftover dhal in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 10 days. Reheat on the stovetop over low heat, stirring frequently until warmed throughout.

  • This dal tastes great served over rice, quinoa, millet or alongside naan bread.

 Cozy up with this quick, easy, & tasty one pot spicy coconut dal made with red lentils, coconut milk, tomatoes, garlic, onion and the perfect blend of Indian spices. It makes a most delicious gluten-free, vegan dish served alongside some basmati rice or naan bread! #dal #dhal #daal #indianfood #curry #vegancurry #glutenfree #spicyfood #coconutcurry #redlentils

 Cozy up with this quick, easy, & tasty one pot spicy coconut dal made with red lentils, coconut milk, tomatoes, garlic, onion and the perfect blend of Indian spices. It makes a most delicious gluten-free, vegan dish served alongside some basmati rice or naan bread! #dal #dhal #daal #indianfood #curry #vegancurry #glutenfree #spicyfood #coconutcurry #redlentils

More Vegan Indian Dishes You Might Enjoy:

Spicy Kale & Potato Curry (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Instant Pot Red Lentil & Potato Curry (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Easy Baked Vegan Gluten-Free Samosas

Sweet Potato And Cauliflower Rice Coconut Curry (Gluten-Free, Vegan)

Coconut Chickpea Curry (Gluten-Free, Vegan)

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This delicious dahl dish is truly a comforting and delicious staple of ours that could not be easier to make! We hope you love it, too. Enjoy. xo.

 Cozy up with this quick, easy, & tasty one pot spicy coconut dal made with red lentils, coconut milk, tomatoes, garlic, onion and the perfect blend of Indian spices. It makes a most delicious gluten-free, vegan dish served alongside some basmati rice or naan bread! #dal #dhal #daal #indianfood #curry #vegancurry #glutenfree #spicyfood #coconutcurry #redlentils

 

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Spicy Coconut Red Lentil Dal (Instant Pot + Stovetop)

Cozy up with this quick, easy, & tasty one pot spicy coconut red lentil dahl that is made with red lentils, coconut milk, tomatoes, garlic, onion and the perfect blend of Indian spices. It makes a most delicious gluten-free, vegan dish served alongside some basmati rice or naan bread! You can make this easy dal in the Instant Pot pressure cooker or on the stovetop!
4.36 from 17 votes
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Course: Entrées, Instant Pot, Sides
Cuisine: Indian
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Kristen Wood

Ingredients

  • 2 tbs coconut oil
  • 1 white or yellow onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 cup red lentils dry
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tbs shredded coconut
  • 1 tbs coconut sugar
  • 1 tbs curry powder
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp red chili flakes
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 400 mL can full fat coconut milk
  • 1 14.5 oz can petite diced tomatoes
  • to taste sea salt

Instructions

  • Stovetop Method
  • Heat coconut oil in a large pot or deep skillet over medium heat.
  • Saute onion and garlic for 5 minutes or until onions are clear and beginning to brown on edges.
  • Turn heat to high and add lentils and water.
  • Bring to a boil, cover, reduce to simmer.
  • Simmer for 25-30 minutes or until most of the water is absorbed.
  • Stir in shredded coconut, coconut sugar, spices, coconut milk and tomatoes.
  • Simmer over medium-low heat for 10-15 minutes or until desired consistency is achieved.
  • Salt to taste.
  • Let cool for 5-10 minutes before serving.
  • Enjoy!
  • Instant Pot Method
  • Turn on saute function on pressure cooker.
  • Place oil, garlic and onion into pot. Saute for 5 minutes.
  • Press ‘Cancel’.
  • Stir in lentils, 2 cups water, coconut, sugar, spices, and tomatoes (omit the coconut milk!).
  • Secure the lid and set on manual high pressure for 10 minutes. Let the pressure naturally release for 10 more minutes.
  • Release the pressure and remove the lid.
  • Stir in coconut milk. Salt to taste.
  • Serve as is, or if you desire a thicker, creamier dal, press saute and saute until desired consistency. Keep in mind a dal will thicken as it cools.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Notes

Please see the ‘Tips’ section above in the post for more information.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 366kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 416mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 8g
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10 Comments

  • Naila
    05/07/2020 at 8:28 PM

    Simply delicious! I am trying to cook gluten, dairy free and vegan meals as more and more friends and family are intolerant to one or another. Thank you!

    Reply
    • Kristen Wood
      05/08/2020 at 12:35 AM

      Hi Naila – this makes me so happy to hear! Thank you for taking the time to share. 🙂

      Reply
  • Rebecca
    01/23/2020 at 10:37 AM

    For instant pot, just use 2 cups of water? Can’t wait to try!

    Reply
    • Kristen Wood
      01/24/2020 at 2:34 PM

      Yes, 2 cups! Thank you! I hope you love it. 🙂

      Reply
  • Katrina
    01/01/2020 at 4:47 PM

    I love this recipe. It is delicious. Yes. Definitely salt according to your taste and after that, it should be splendid! I wish I had doubled the recipe. I omitted the tomatoes because I don’t like cooked tomatoes; however, I added a little tomato paste. I made this recipe as a last minute addition to my NYE’s feast and I am so glad I did!

    Reply
    • Kristen Wood
      01/02/2020 at 12:32 AM

      Hi, Katrina! I’m so happy you enjoyed it! Thank you so much for sharing! 🙂

      Reply
  • Kim
    12/02/2019 at 2:16 PM

    This looks delicious and I can’t wait to try it! Do you need to soak the lentils ahead of time?

    Reply
    • Kristen Wood
      12/22/2019 at 12:40 AM

      Thank you! Nope, no soaking necessary. 🙂

      Reply
  • Helen
    11/25/2019 at 10:33 PM

    This recipe is really delicious! I always leave a comment on a recipe when I’ve returned two or three times to make it. I didn’t have coconut sugar so I used regular granulated sugar, and used fresh ginger while sautéing the onion & garlic. (It’s what I had on hand…) So delicious! Love this on rice with fresh cilantro.. thank you for sharing

    Reply
    • Kristen Wood
      11/26/2019 at 6:52 AM

      This truly makes me so happy to hear! Thank you so much for sharing! 🙂

      Reply

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