South Asian Dal Recipe [ Vegan ]

South Asian Dal Recipe [ Vegan ]
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Savvy Maria

Savvy Maria

A teacher living in Cyprus trying to spread the vegan message and make the world a better place for human and non-human animals. Nutrition enthusiast, vegan foodie, panda obsessed & crazy dog lover
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Dal is a South Asian term for dried, split pulses which are namely lentils, peas, and beans. These pulses are among the most important staple foods in  Indian, Nepalese, Pakistani, Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi cuisines. The word dāl derives from the Sanskrit verbal root dal- “to split”.

Dal recipes are usually prepared as a stew and served with rice, naan or papadam bread. This South Asian dal recipe is a great option for vegans as pulses are excellent sources of plant based protein. They are also rich in  B vitamins thiamine and folic acid, as well as several minerals, notably iron and zinc.

South Asian Dal Recipe [ Vegan ]

Most lentils recipes such as this South Asian Dal are quite simple to prepare. VeggieSavvy’s priority is to help you prepare multinational vegan comfort food the easiest and quickest way possible. After all everyone, regardless of culinary skills, should be able to savor an indulging vegan dish!

This South Asian Dal recipe is a simple vegan curry with a twist.  I used both lentils and chickpeas as I feel they work well together. Also, I used a surprise ingredient which gave it that extra bit of sweetness and added to the texture and flavor.  That ingredient is none other than butternut squash. Traditionally, butternut squash is not used in Dal recipes but I took and leap of faith and decided to add it. As it turns out, it was a risk worth taking as it made this South Asian Dal recipe uniquely delicious!

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But ultimately, you’ll be the judge of that! Let’s cut to the chase so that you can give it a go yourself!

Ingredients (4 servings):




  • Place onions, butternut squash and carrot to a skillet along with some olive olive and saute until golden brown
  • Add lentils and chick peas to the mix and give it a good stir
  • Season with salt and pepper
  • Add tomato puree and cover with water
  • Stir and add the red chilli, curry and turmeric powder as well as the vegetable stock cube and coriander seeds.
  • Allow to simmer for 20-25 minutes or until all ingredients are well cooked and the mixture has a nice, smooth consistency.


There you have it. A simple, yet mouth-watering South Asian Dal recipe! Serve with some naan  bread or on top of a bowl of rice. Delicious! A taste of Asia at the comfort of your home in under an hour! Vegan comfort food at it’s best!

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Looks delicious. Cant wait to try this. Would you however please specify unit of measurement for tomato puree? 2-3 what? Cans, teaspoons, tablespoons?