Easy Vegan Dal

Easy Vegan Dal


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Easy Vegan Dal

This simple Dal is not only quick to make but also filling, and virtually fat free.

If you’ve been craving indian food but want something lighter than the traditional dishes this recipe is for you.

Easy Vegan Dal

Easy Vegan Dal

By Hannah Howlett

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Published : January 21st, 2016

Description : This simple Dal is not only quick to make but also filling, and virtually fat free. If you’ve been craving indian food but want something lighter than the traditional dishes this recipe is for you.

Prep Time : 5 Minutes

Cook Time : 30-40 Minutes

Total Time : 35-45 Minutes


  • 2 cups red lentils
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 red or yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, minced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • juice 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper


  1. Place all your ingredients in a large pot and bring to a boil on the stove.
  2. Once boiling cover and reduce heat to low.
  3. Simmer for 30 minutes or until the dal has thickened.
  4. Serve with brown rice and a sprinkle of cilantro on top.

Instant Pot Instructions

  1. Place all your ingredients in the instant pot, turn the vent to sealed and cook on manual for 18 minutes.
  2. Once it is finished cooking, let it naturally release for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Move the steam release handle to venting to release the remaining steam.
  4. Serve with brown rice and a sprinkle of cilantro on top.

Bon Appetit!!


The Instant Pot is an electric pressure cooker. We just purchased ours on Black Friday in 2015 and we use it multiple times per day. We absolutely love it and highly recommend it as your next kitchen purchase. We are currently developing an Instant Pot recipe book that will rock the vegan world!

Want some more delicious recipes like this? Make sure to check out our recipe books for some delicious high carb low fat plant-based meal ideas.

About Hannah

I have lost over 50 pounds following a whole foods plant based diet (188-135) and I have shared that entire journey on my YouTube channel. My main focus is helping people achieve their best health through both mind and body. I focus on eating whole foods in their least processed state. I make Q&A weight loss videos, what I eat videos, and I have written 3 recipe books to showcase delicious recipes to assist with weight loss and beautiful photography.

28 thoughts on “Easy Vegan Dal

  1. Hi Hannah & Derek!

    Question on the insta pot. I just received mine and would like to make this recipe in it – break it in. LOL. Do you had the rice as well or cook in a separate pan. Thank you! Making this today!

    1. hey Carol, you want to cook the rice separately

      you can cook the dal, put it aside in another bowl or container, then cook the rice in the instant pot or on the stove top 🙂

  2. Just curious, but does this work/taste just as well with different types of lentils? I don’t have anywhere close to me that sells red lentils. Thanks! 🙂

  3. Hi,
    This receipe looks amaizing, but I don’t have the Instant Pot.
    Can I cook it in a standard pressure cooker? What would be the cooking time?

    1. it would be a similar time in another pressure cooker, what time do you normally cook red lentils for in it? 15 minutes would probably be fine

      1. Thanks for your reply! I usually cook red lentils in a regular pot. I’ll try 15 to 18 minutes and let you know 😉
        Have a nice day

  4. Cooking this deliciousness right now and SMELLS AMAZING! Even the NON-VEGAN unit in my life is going to eat it! YAY~baby steps…..I didn’t use my Instant Pot, because I am not done reading the instructions ((nerd here). I added jalapeno, and fresh diced tomatoes and a bay leaf. OMG I am so excited to taste this…Thank you Hannah and Derek. AND on a side note, if no one has downloaded their cooking materials – DO IT. WONDERFUL, BEAUTIFUL and my mouth was watering. TRUE STORY. 😉

  5. This will definitely be a weekly, if not daily meal. It really turned out well and was super easy. Thanks again,

  6. Hey you two! I made this last week and it was AMAZING! really tasty and filling and I divided the rest into portions for later that I threw in the freezer 🙂 Thanks for all you do – your 3 channels are the best!

  7. A bit too watery in the instant pot, next time I’ll reduce to 4 cups water. But other than that the recipe is delish!

  8. Could I make this in a slow cooker? How much time would you suggest? Adore you two BTW finding your blog and YouTube channel has made this so much easier for our family 🙂

  9. Tried this tonight and was very disappointed with the result. It smelled wonderful and my hopes were high while it simmered. However the end result was a rather wet (yes, I would definitely reduce the amount of water) and very bland dish. Salt was a definite requirement but I actually checked the recipe and video again in case I’d added 1 tsp of each spice instead of 1 tbsp! We eat a lot of Indian food – would tripling the amount of spices and reducing the number of cups of water to maybe 4 or 5 help do you think?

    1. I had the same problem when I made it. Smelled awesome and then was disappointed with the result (wet & bland). Was thinking the same thing in regards to spicing and less water next time. Will try again for sure, given how easy it was to make! 🙂

  10. will the instant pot recipes work if made in the larger instant oot (the 7-qt. one)? i may have bought a bigger size than i needed ?

  11. Hi I have a question. I started this recipe last night and it wasn’t reducing down as fast as I’d expected, so I turned off the stove and went to bed. Do you think I can finish cooking it or is it bad… I know you can’t keep reheating some foods but I’m just not sure about this. Because the lentils are cooked but its just not thickened quite yet. Thoughts? It probably simmered for an hour last night. Thanks.

  12. I didn’t have a pepper on hand so I added chopped carrot for the last 7 minutes of cooking and then stirred in 1 big diced tomato at the very end. Next time I will cook with less water so its thicker, but it is still great the way it is!

    This was so yummy- and so simple! Will definitely be a staple meal for me!

  13. Could this be made in a slow cooker? Sounds delicious and I really want to put my slow cooker to good use!

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