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Red Lentil Dhal made in under 20 minutes


I love the way this red lentil dhal made under 20 minutes turns into a smooth and creamy textured Asian flavoured delicious.  Another opportunity for me to use my so loved pressure cooker. It is an easy to make a dish that will eventually save you a lot of time and stress.

 You can add any veg you want from celery, carrot to okra or aubergine or just leave the fancy aside and make a basic dhal. Oil, onion, garlic, ginger, thyme, turmeric, cumin powder, lentils and water, boil in a slow cooker, pressure cooker or a pot and it’s ready. Serve with brown rice or roti.

Red Lentil Dhal made in under 20 minutes

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 6

Red Lentil Dhal made in under 20 minutes


  • 2 cups of red lentils
  • 1 table spoon of coconut oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 dry chilli (optional)
  • 2 cloves of garlic crushed
  • 1/2 inch ginger crushed
  • 2 tomatoes chopped
  • 2 tea spoon of turmeric
  • 1 tea spoon of ground cumin
  • sprigs of thyme
  • Scallions as garnish


  1. Add all the ingredients in the pressure cooker add about 4 pints of water.
  2. pressure cook for only up to 2 whistles.
  3. Let the air out then open the pressure cooker.
  4. Check the consistency of the dhal, add some more water if it's too thick. Simmer, then adjust the seasoning accordingly.
  5. Serve with boil brown rice
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