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Masoor Dahl 

Keralan Masoor Dhal with Coconut

This masoor dahl is  good on its own or served over plain rice. This is comfort food at its best!

This  masoor dhal is a quick and easy dish to put together. Although dhal is often served as a side dish, this fantastic tasting masoor dahl can stand on its own!

There is so much flavour and it is delicious served over plain rice. I like it because it tastes really creamy and is creamy in texture but it is actually vegan!

I use the thick coconut cream for this recipe. Look for the best and you will really enjoy the results. 

This Keralan masoor dhal can be eaten as a side or even a main dish. It’s filling and really tasty too.

If you enjoy this vegan recipe for masoor dahl try these other vegan/vegetarian recipes:

Kidney Bean Curry
Bean Cakes
Black Eyed Bean Curry


Keralan dhal

Start by cooking the dhal. Once soft, add the coconut cream and turmeric.

Keralan masoor dhal with coconut

To make the tarka, heat some oil and temper the whole spices and curry leaves.

Keralan dhal

Add the rest of the tarka ingredients and fry for a further five minutes until the onions are soft.

Keralan dhal

Pour the tarka over the cooked dhal and stir well.

Keralan tarka dhal

Season with salt to taste and garnish with the chopped coriander.


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Yield: 4 - 6

Keralan Masoor Dhal With Coconut

Keralan Masoor Dhal With Coconut
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 200g masoor dhal – rinsed and soaked in water for 10 minutes
  • Water to cook
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 200ml thick coconut milk
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 tbsp. finely chopped fresh coriander leaves
  • 4 tbsp. rapeseed or coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 10 curry leaves
  • 3 dried Kashmiri chillies – broken into pieces and seeds removed
  • 1 red onion – finely chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic – finely sliced
  • 3 green chillies


  1. Cover the masoor lentils with fresh water in a saucepan and simmer over medium high heat until soft. This should take about 20 minutes. Skim off any foam that comes to the top. Once soft, add the turmeric and coconut milk and simmer for a further five minutes.
  2. To save time, you can make the tarka while the lentils are cooking. To make the tarka, heat the oil over medium high heat in a small frying pan. When visibly hot, add the mustard seeds. When they begin to pop, stir in the cumin seeds, curry leaves and Kashmiri chillies. Allow this all to sizzle in the oil for about 30 seconds and then add the chopped onion.
  3. Fry the onion until translucent and soft. About five minutes should do the trick. Now add the garlic and green chillies. You only want to soften the garlic so be careful not to burn it or it will become bitter.
  4. When the dhal is cooked, pour the tarka mixture over the top. Season with salt to taste and garnish with the chopped coriander. You can eat this on its own or serve over rice.

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Sunday 4th of March 2018

This was beautiful, absolutely lovely. I served it with plain boiled rice and your chicken tikka (also amazing) and I'm finding it hard to believe I created something so delicious. Still grinning! Thank you and keep up the hard work!


Dan Toombs

Tuesday 6th of March 2018

Thank you very much Liz! I'm really happy you are enjoying the recipes.


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