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Lazy Man’s [Delicious] Dal

2013 August 3
by Dylan



Let’s be realistic: Indian food is not aesthetically-pleasing. I know I’m pretty bad at taking pictures, but life gets even more difficult when taking photos of Indian food–I took at least 12 snaps of this dal, and you can see from the picture above that, sadly, I was pretty unsuccessful. That’s besides the point though, because it’s all about taste! And I can assure you–this stuff is absolutely delightful. Click below to read the recipe!

Anyways, let’s talk a little bit about this dish (and what’s up with my title): in Indian cuisine, dal (or dahl/daal, according to Wikipedia) is a word used to describe lentils. There are plenty of variations, but if you see “dal” on the menu, you can definitely bet there’s some kind of lentil in the dish. To most of my friends who know me, I’m a bit of a health nut–fancy, delicious food occasionally (as seen on parts of this blog), but for the most part, I eat pretty healthy. This dish is no exception–the combination of ingredients makes it packed with protein and fiber, and it’s simply a wonderfully healthy recipe that can be eaten with no guilt at all. It’s also paleo (silly) and celiac-friendly. Oh, and I’ll say this–this dish will make you poop like a champ. Guaranteed.*

As for the “lazy” in the title? It’s made in a slow cooker–and it’s about as easy as it comes. Place all the ingredients in, let it go on low for 7-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours and you’re golden. So, here’s the recipe:


Easy and Healthy Slow Cooker Dal (adapted from Our Best Bites)

Serves 6

  • 2 cups plain lentils
  • 1 15oz can of diced tomatoes (no salt added is best)
  • 9-10oz of fresh spinach (the whole bag)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cups chicken (or vegetbale) stock/broth (preferably low or no sodium)
  • 1 tbsp garlic, chopped
  • 1 tbsp ginger, chopped
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1.5 tbsp curry paste (I used Patak’s, and it was fine)
  • 1-2 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • Pinch of sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • Cilantro

Instructions (brace yourself…it’s almost too easy)

  1. Combine all ingredients, except for the cilantro and lemon juice, into the slow cooker
  2. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 7-8 hours.
  3. During the last hour, add in cilantro and lemon juice
  4. Serve with warm naan (mmm…carbs!) and top with a dollop of yogurt and more cilantro, if desired. Heaven.

Nutrition Info (Note: this is with full-sodium chicken broth)


*Not an actual guarantee
6 Responses leave one →
  1. Bailey permalink
    August 18, 2013

    Hubby found this. We plan to try it next week since we already cooked our Indian dish for the week. This looks really awesome. Thanks.

    • Dylan permalink*
      August 22, 2013

      Awesome. I hope it turns out well!

  2. Laurie permalink
    September 22, 2013

    Just starting to cook Indian food (never really liked it, but my taste buds have grown up. :). This is perfectly suited for me as I am addicted to my slow cooker. Thanks , 🙂

  3. Betsy permalink
    September 24, 2013

    This recipe is great! Awhile ago I slow-cooked a whole chicken with two cups of water and celery scraps (6-8 hrs on low). The stock left over from that perfectly met the 4 cups you need for this recipe. So I made both and have lots of freezer meals, the dal is perfect for lunch.

    I’m going to try this recipe again using beet greens (that I have to get rid of) in place of the spinach and see how it goes. Thanks.

  4. Laurie permalink
    March 9, 2015

    Absolutely excellent. This has become a staple in my home, I double the batch and then portion it into Ziplock freezer bags in individual portions. Easy to thaw in the microwave, top with some sour cream, and I eat it with whatever is on hand…Naan, celery, grilled chicken. This Dal has HUGELY a helped me to lose weight. It is SOOO filling it’s crazy. Only change I made was adding double the curry paste….yum!

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