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red lentil daal spread in a blue pottery bowl atop a blue patterned napkin

Red Lentil Dal Spread {high-protein, vegan, easy}

  • Author: Camilla
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 35 mins
  • Total Time: 45 mins
  • Yield: about 2 and 1/2 cups 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Red lentil dal spread is the easy, high-protein snack you’ve been craving. Made with coconut milk & lime, it is vegan, easy, & so delicious!


  • 3/4 cup dried red lentils
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 and 1/2 cups finely chopped onions (about 1 large)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup canned coconut milk (stir it well before measuring)
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lime zest
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the lentils and water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low, cover, leaving lid ajar, and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes or until lentils are very tender and falling apart. Remove from heat.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic, onions, cumin, ginger, turmeric, and cayenne; cook, stirring, for 8 to 10 minutes or until onions are softened. Add lentils and their cooking liquid, salt, coconut milk and tomato paste; cook, stirring, for 5 to 8 minutes or until lentils are broken down.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in lime zest and lime juice. Let cool completely; adjust seasonings to taste. Serve room temperature or chilled.


Storage: Store the spread in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

  • Category: Spread
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Indian


  • Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
  • Calories: 36
  • Sugar: 1.9 g
  • Sodium: 108 mg
  • Fat: 1.8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 4.7 g
  • Fiber: 1.1 g
  • Protein: 2 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: red lentils, red lentil dal, red lentil dal spread, high protein, plant protein snack, coconut, lime, red lentil hummus

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