Red Lentil Dahl & March SRC Reveal

I am so excited to share this amazing recipe with you!  For those of you who missed last month’s Mexican Shepherd’s Pie (yum!)… I have recently been accepted into the Secret Recipe Club, an awesome group of food bloggers who get to make each other’s recipes and post about them.  Every month, I am assigned someone else’s blog, where I can search their ENTIRE collection and re-make one of their recipes.  We then all post our results on the same day and get to see who had us too!  It’s been so fun!

Secret Recipe Club

For March’s SRC, I was assigned the blog “Chit Chat Chomp“.  What is really cool about my assignment, is that Leigh, the writer of Chit Chat Chomp, is from and lives in Melbourne, Australia!!  Holy cow!  I think that’s just about as far away as you can get from Philadelphia.  Reading her recipes and seeing the types of food that she enjoys and how it differs from mine was so interesting and fun.  Leigh’s posts about her vacations made me seriously jealous… it is absolutely gorgeous over there!

I decided to try out an Indian recipe that Leigh got from a Bill Granger Cookbook called Simply Bill.  While Indian food typically seems super complex and intimidating, this recipe is exactly the opposite as the cookbook says… SIMPLE!  That’s what I’m talkin’ about!  The recipe is for Dahl (not to be confused with Dahv, my nickname for my boyfriend Dave, hehe!) and you’re going to want to try it out for yourself.  It’s just that good.


Recipe from:  Chit Chat Chomp


2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

1 Red Onion, finely sliced

1 inch piece of Ginger, peeled & grated

1 teaspoon-1 Tablespoon Minced Garlic

1 Jalapeno or other hot pepper (I kept the seeds in for some extra heat)

1 teaspoon Sea Salt

1 teaspoon Cumin

1 cup Split Red Lentils

3 cups Water

1 Tablespoon Lime Juice

Pinch of Coriander


1.  Heat a saucepan over medium heat and add the olive oil.  Once it’s hot, add the sliced onion, ginger, garlic, jalapeno, salt, and cumin.  Cook for about 10 minutes stirring occasionally until the onion is soft.  Add the lentils and water and cook, stirring occasionally for about 20 minutes, until everything is mixed together and there is no excess water.

2.  Remove from heat and stir the lime juice.  Top with a pinch of coriander and serve hot with warmed naan bread (or other flatbread).

I LOVED this recipe.  Dahl is going to be my new thing.  It’s so good!  The entire time I was eating it, I could not figure out why it was spicy?  It took me almost the entire time eating it to remember that there was a Jalapeno WITH seeds in there.  OH RIGHT.  That’s why it’s hot.  Duh.

I had to take a shot of this pretty red onion... I never use them because they are too strong for me so I'm not used to how pretty they are!

I had to take a shot of this pretty red onion… I never use them because they are too strong for me so I’m not used to how pretty they are!

Adding in some yummy Lentils

Adding in some yummy Lentils

YUMMMMMMMM ... tummy grumbling right now!

YUMMMMMMMM … tummy grumbling right now!

I loved dipping some fresh naan bread into the Dahl, but then again, I could eat fresh Naan bread anytime!

I loved dipping some fresh naan bread into the Dahl, but then again, I could eat fresh Naan bread anytime!

What’s really cool about Lentils is that they are so healthy.  Who knew? (not me… apparently) Lentils are super high in protein, fiber, and iron, and are very low in fat, cholesterol, and sodium.  They are cheap and as you can see, very easy to make.  I bought my lentils from Trader Joe’s a month or two ago but you can absolutely find them anywhere.  The bag I got from TJ’s was only $1.69… loving how cheap this recipe is, and the fact that I’m doing a Meatless Monday by accident!

I bought mine at TJ's

I bought mine at TJ’s

While the original recipe from Chit Chat Chomp was for 4-6 servings, Dave and I split the entire thing and pretty much finished it between the two of us.  We were VERY full, so I would say it should probably have made 3 servings for normal people.  I just couldn’t resist finishing the entire bowl of Dahl knowing how healthy and tasty it was!

With payday still a week away, I think Dave and I will be eating some Dahl again very soon.  YUM!

Thank you so much Leigh for sharing your wonderful recipes with me!  I cannot wait to read more and see more of your gorgeous photos from your travels! 🙂

Now, my friends… take a moment to check out these other AWESOME recipe reveals from this month’s Secret Recipe Club!  There are some that sound sooooo good!

39 thoughts on “Red Lentil Dahl & March SRC Reveal

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  4. I just discovered lentils and love the red ones. I get mine bulk at Whole Foods and they are so good!! Thanks for this one!! They look wonderful.

  5. I have never tried making an Indian recipe at home because they always seemed too complicated. This one looks like something I could actually accomplish! I also like, as you mentioned, the fact that this is a cheap way to go about a Meatless Monday.

  6. Your Dahl looks very good, I haven’t made it in awhile but I can almost taste it. Thanks for sharing and have a good week.
    Visiting from Group B SRC
    Miz Helen

  7. This looks so good! I am going to have to try it soon. I wonder if I can use the regular old brown lentils I have in my pantry? Oh, and I’m definitely checking out the Mexican Shepherd’s Pie, too.

  8. Thank you so very much for your lovely comments and I’m so glad you loved the dahl – how good is it! It’s one of my favourite dishes to eat in Winter (not so good on 40 degree days like we’re having at the moment…argh!) Leigh

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