Spicy Coconut Red Lentil Dal Recipe

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!


Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Servings: 4 servings

Kristen Wood - Spicy Coconut Red Lentil Dal


  • 2 tbs coconut oil
  • 1 white or yellow onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 cup red lentils dry
  • 3 cups water 2 cups for Instant Pot
  • 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



  1. Heat coconut oil in a large pot or deep skillet over medium heat.
  2. Saute onion and garlic for 5 minutes or until onions are clear and beginning to brown on edges.
  3. Turn heat to high and add lentils and water.
  4. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce to simmer.
  5. Simmer for 25-30 minutes or until most of the water is absorbed.
  6. Stir in shredded coconut, coconut sugar, spices, coconut milk and tomatoes.
  7. Simmer over medium-low heat for 10-15 minutes or until desired consistency is achieved.
  8. Salt to taste.
  9. Let cool for 5-10 minutes before serving.
  10. Enjoy!



Recipe Credit: Moon and spoon and yum

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