Don't Miss Out On This Life-Changing Lentil Dal Recipe

by Brett Wolf
  • Total Time: 35 Mins
  • Cook: 25 Mins
  • Prep: 10 Mins
  • Serves: 4-6
  • Level: Beginner

Time to take that plant-based diet of yours to a whole new level with this delicious cultural favorite. Thanks to Chef Melanie Barsuk from episode three of The Big Fat Truth, there is now a new twist on the traditional Indian dish known as Dal. Host JD Roth put Melanie and the other unhealthy chefs to the test when they participated in Chef Rocco DiSpirito’s plant-based cook-off challenge. What she concocted was a savory Lentil Dal that left Rocco feeling well-balanced and his tastebuds satisfied.

Loaded with protein, fiber, and the right amount of carbs, this is the perfect plant-based dish for almost any occasion. If you feel like some extra protein and nutrients, make sure to add some grilled broccoli and raw peanuts on top for a great crunch.

For more great plant-based diet advice and recipes, check out Z Living’s original series, The Big Fat Truth, Sundays at 8PM. Learn more about the show here, and find out when you can tune in.

Check out some other great recipes from Rocco DiSpirito on Now Eat This!, also on Z Living.


  • 1 cup yellow or brown lentils
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tbl vegetable broth or water
  • 1 tbl grated ginger
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp red chili flakes
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 lemon, juiced, as needed
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro


  1. Combine the lentils, turmeric, salt and water in a pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes until lentils are very soft.
  2. Remove from heat and whisk vigorously— this will break up the lentils and thicken the dal slightly. Taste and season with more salt as needed.
  3. In a small skillet, heat 2 tablespoons vegetable broth or water. Add the ginger, garlic, red chili and cumin. Cook for just a few seconds until very fragrant.
  4. Quickly pour the mixture into the dal.
  5. Add juice of half a lemon and the chopped cilantro.
  6. Taste and add more lemon as needed. Serve warm.

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