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One-pot mixed lentil & butternut squash dahl

With a deliciously diverse mix of lentils (3 different kinds!), butternut squash, plus flavourful herbs and spices, itโ€™s an easy way to get 11+ different types of plant goodness all in one.

Dinner, Lunch

Overall rating | 9 Ratings

Plant-based dinner and lunch Dahl recipe by Dr Megan Rossi
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Serves 4

1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil 1 white onion, diced 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 red chilli, finely diced 1 tsp of ground turmeric 1 tsp of cumin seeds 1 tsp of ground coriander 1 tsp of ground cumin 1/2 tsp of chilli powder 1 tsp of tomato puree 1/2 tsp of salt 750g butternut squash (approx 1 medium size), cut into cubes 2 medium carrots, sliced and halved 1 can of chickpeas (400g), drained and rinsed 80g yellow split peas, rinsed 150g red lentils, rinsed 80g green lentils, rinsed 1 can of coconut milk (400ml) 1 can of chopped tomatoes (400g) 800ml vegetable stock 2 handfuls of fresh spinach

To Serve

Fresh coriander 1 lime, cut into wedges) Multi-seed flatbreads Live coconut yoghurt Brown rice


Step 1

Place a large saucepan on medium heat, then add a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil, along with the onion.

Step 2

Sautรฉ the onion for a few minutes, then add the garlic and red chilli.

Step 3

Next, add the ground turmeric, cumin seeds, ground coriander, ground cumin, chilli powder, tomato puree and salt.

Step 4

Add the butternut squash cubes and carrots, coating evenly in the spices

Step 5

Pour in the coconut milk and tinned tomatoes, mix together and leave to simmer for 5 minutes.

Step 6

Add the chickpeas, split peas and red and green lentils, then top up with vegetable stock and mix together.

Step 7

Leave to simmer for 25 โ€“ 30 minutes, stirring frequently.

Step 8

Finally, once cooked, add the spinach and mix in until the spinach has wilted.

Step 9

Serve with brown rice, multi seed flatbreads and a dollop of live yoghurt, to your taste.

Step 10

Garnish with fresh coriander and a squeeze of lime juice to serve.

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November 11, 2022 @ 5:24 pm

So glad you and your microbes enjoyed!


November 11, 2022 @ 5:25 pm

Love this recipe! I add lots of freshly squeezed lime juice when serving!

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September 9, 2022 @ 3:42 pm

Yep - the flavours really intensify the next day! :)

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September 9, 2022 @ 3:42 pm

Thanks - so glad to hear it! :)

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September 9, 2022 @ 3:42 pm

So glad you all enjoyed!! One of my family's favourites too!


March 3, 2022 @ 5:33 pm

Fantastic recipe, super tasty, the husband and kids devoured it too!


January 1, 2022 @ 7:07 pm

So simple, quick and so so tasty!! One of my new favourite meals ๐Ÿ˜


January 1, 2022 @ 6:44 am

Absolutely delicious (even with half a tin of coconut milk) Well worth the effort - kids enjoyed it too. If you can wait until the next day it tastes even better!


June 6, 2021 @ 7:57 pm

So tasty and simple to prepare. I upped the veg with red/yellow peppers and an aubergine ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป


May 5, 2021 @ 12:45 am

Delicious- I did add fresh ginger with the garlic and chilli and then squeezed lime and stirred in some Garam masala at the end- garnished with coriander leaves it was lovely. I am sure that the left overs will taste even better tomorrow

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May 5, 2021 @ 12:45 pm

So glad you enjoyed it, Helen!


May 5, 2021 @ 7:28 pm



April 4, 2021 @ 10:27 pm

This dish totally surpassed my expectations. It was so delicious. Perfect with brown rice and the live coconut yoghurt. Simply sensational. Thank you. ๐Ÿ’š๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿƒ๐ŸŒถ๏ธ๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿง…

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February 2, 2021 @ 9:49 am

Thank you!


February 2, 2021 @ 7:32 pm