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Easy Dahl recipe with lentils and butternut squash

Dahl - with red lentils, butternut squash and spinach.

This easy, family friendly vegetarian Dahl recipe makes the perfect one pan midweek dinner. Cooked in around 40 minutes with red lentils, spinach and butternut squash it's delicious creamy texture makes it so comforting. It is a low cost dish, and can be batch cooked and frozen, perfect!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Family Food
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 311 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp Olive oil
  • 2 Onions Alternatively, 250g Frozen Chopped Onions
  • 3 Cloves Garlic Alternatively, 3 tbsp Frozen Chopped Garlic
  • 2 tbsp Ginger Fresh or preprepared (see note above)
  • 1 tbsp Ground cumin
  • 3 tbsp Medium curry powder
  • 250 g Red lentils
  • 400 ml Reduced fat Coconut Milk
  • 400 g Tinned chopped tomatoes
  • 300 g Butternut Squash cubes, peeled Fresh or frozen is fine
  • 300 ml Vegetable stock
  • 80 g Spinach

To serve:

  • Natural yoghurt
  • Coriander
  • Chopped chilli

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the onions, garlic, ginger, ground cumin and curry powder. 

  2. Cook over a medium heat until the onions have softened and you can smell the curry powder cooking.

  3. Add the lentils, coconut milk, tomatoes, butternut squash, vegetable stock and salt. Stir well, cover and cook over a medium heat for about 30 minutes. (It may need 5 - 10 minutes longer, depending on the consistency you'd like and if you're using fresh or frozen butternut squash. You may also need to add an additional splash of stock..)

  4. Add the spinach just before serving to wilt.

  5. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • This recipe serves 6 people. If you are cooking for fewer people you can either reduce the recipe, or (my preference) make the same amount and use for further meals or freeze. Future dinners ready in the freezer - win!
Nutrition Facts
Dahl - with red lentils, butternut squash and spinach.
Amount per Serving
Calories
311
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
6
g
9
%
Saturated Fat
 
4
g
25
%
Sodium
 
365
mg
16
%
Potassium
 
1052
mg
30
%
Carbohydrates
 
50
g
17
%
Fiber
 
17
g
71
%
Sugar
 
9
g
10
%
Protein
 
14
g
28
%
Vitamin A
 
6875
IU
138
%
Vitamin C
 
29.5
mg
36
%
Calcium
 
130
mg
13
%
Iron
 
6.5
mg
36
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.