Lentil Dahl: A Wholesome, Budget-Friendly Family Dinner Bursting with Flavour

Are you on the lookout for a nutritious, budget-friendly, and utterly delicious family dinner? Look no further than lentil dahl! This plant-based protein powerhouse is not only a fantastic way to nourish your loved ones, but it also presents a wonderful opportunity to get the kids involved in the kitchen. Let’s dive into the world of lentil dahl and discover how this fuss-free meal can become a staple in your family’s weekly menu.

Getting the Kids Involved

Preparing lentil dahl provides an excellent opportunity to involve your children in the kitchen. From measuring and washing lentils to chopping vegetables and stirring the pot, kids of all ages can play an active role in creating this hearty dish. Engaging them in the cooking process fosters a sense of ownership and pride, making them more likely to try new flavours and appreciate the effort that goes into making a meal.

Plant Protein Power

Lentil dahl is a fantastic way to introduce your family to the benefits of plant-based protein. With its rich and hearty texture, it’s an excellent alternative to meat-based dishes. Plant protein offers an array of health benefits, including supporting heart health, digestion, and overall well-being. By incorporating more plant-based meals like lentil dahl into your family’s diet, you’re contributing to a healthier future for your loved ones.

Indian Dhal

Dr Kirsty Porter
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main Course


  • 2 white onions
  • 2 peppers
  • 1 bunch spring onions
  • Handful cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 juice of lemon
  • 2 cups of red lentils
  • 1 tin tinned tomatoes
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp mild curry powder
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tspn grated ginger


  • Measure all the ingredients
  • Prepare & cut vegetables.
  • Chop & crush garlic & ginger.
  • Squeeze lemon for juice.
  • Boil lentils with 5 cups of water for 15-17 minutes.
  • Fry peppers, onions, garlic & ginger.
  • Add lemon & all spices.
  • Cook rice.
  • Drain lentils and add to rest with tomatoes. Mix well.
  • Season with salt & pepper.


Suitable from 6 months- blitz up for babies. Consume within 2 days.
Can use moulds/cutters for carbs such as couscous, rice or naan bread to make food fun for kids.
No allergies.

Lentil dahl is not just a meal; it’s an experience that brings the family together around the table. Its nourishing qualities, budget-friendly nature, and versatility make it a go-to option for busy weeknights or leisurely weekends. So, gather your ingredients, invite your little ones to join in the culinary adventure, and savour the flavours of this wholesome and delightful lentil dahl. Hungry for more family-friendly recipes and expert tips? Join our mailing list today to receive regular updates, recipes, and advice on raising happy and healthy eaters. And if you’re ready to master mealtimes explore our online course designed to empower parents in creating positive and enjoyable eating experiences for their children. From tackling picky eating to fostering a love for nutritious foods, we’re here to support you every step of the way.

Remember, feeding your family isn’t just about providing sustenance – it’s about nurturing connections and creating memories around the dinner table. Embrace the journey of discovering new flavours and embracing the joy of shared meals. Happy cooking and happy eating!

Written by Dr Kirsty Porter, Children’s Dietitian.