Creamy Coconut Red Lentil Dal

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Happy Vegan Food: Fast, Fresh, Simple Vegan

By Bettina Campolucci Bordi

Published 2022

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The trustworthy lentil – filling, easy to cook and a great addition to any meal. I love this dish as a side to the curry feast or as a dip with some home-made bread (Rosemary & Garlic Focaccia), particularly the Chickpea Flatbread or with corn nachos.


  • 400 g (14 oz / 2 cups) red lentils
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Cook the red lentils following the packet instructions. Drain, then set aside.

Heat the olive oil in a large pan and fry the shallot until nice and soft and translucent. Add the tomato purée, sumac and sweet paprika and give it a good stir.

Add the lentils, dates and coconut milk and lower the heat to a gentle simmer.

Let the lentils simmer for 10–15 minutes until they h