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Creamy green curry lentil dal prepared in 1 pot! Easy, quick, healthy, and incredibly flavorful. Serve with rice of choice for a hearty, wholesome, plant-based meal.



Total time

40 minutes




  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 green Chili (small, optional // i used a serrano pepper // omit for less heat )))
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger (minced)
  • 1 shallot (medium, thinly sliced )))
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced // ~ 1.5 tbsp as original recipe is written )))
  • 4 tbsp green curry paste (diy or store-bought)
  • 2¼ cups light coconut milk ((( canned is best )))
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp curry powder (store-bought or diy)
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • black pepper
  • 1 cup green lentils ((( well rinsed and drained )))
  • 1 tsp coconut aminos (or tamari (( or soy sauce if not gf )))
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar (or maple syrup, or other sweetener to taste )))
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper (optional // for more heat )))
  • white rice (cooked, or brown, or cauliflower rice)
  • fresh cilantro
  • lemon wedges (or lime)


  1. Heat a large pot over medium heat. Once hot, add coconut oil, green chili (optional), ginger, shallot, and garlic. Sauté for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat if browning too quickly.
  2. Add curry paste and stir to coat. Sauté for another 2-3 minutes. Then add coconut milk, turmeric, curry powder, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine.
  3. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Once simmering, add the lentils, coconut aminos (or tamari), coconut sugar (or maple syrup), and lemon juice and stir.
  4. Bring the mixture back to a simmer, and then reduce heat to low or medium-low and continue gently simmering for 15-20 minutes or until lentils are tender.
  5. Once the lentils are tender, taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more lemon juice for acidity, cayenne for heat (optional), curry powder or paste for more intense curry flavor, salt for saltiness, or coconut sugar or maple syrup for sweetness. The curry should be equally tangy and salty with a hint of sweetness and spice.
  6. Serve the dal as is or over rice of choice (I love white or brown rice, but it\'s also delicious over cauliflower rice). Garnish with lemon or lime wedges and cilantro (optional).
  7. Store leftovers in the refrigerator up to 4-5 days or in the freezer for 1 month.
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