Chickpea Coconut Dal

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Chickpea Coconut Dal is a wonderfully heart-warming dish. Dal, sometimes spelled daal or dhal, is an Indian word for split pulses, such as lentils. They are very popular in India and elsewhere in Asia. Of course, lentils are widely used in most countries.

This particular recipe uses red lentils as well as chickpeas and some coconut milk. In addition to those ingredients, there is onion and spinach and lots of spices. All of those ingredients come together into a wonderful dish. It takes very little time to make and offers such a great flavour.

The dish is often eaten with rice or with bread. Any bread is a great accompaniment. It is free from meat and dairy, so it’s vegan too. As mentioned, making the dish is very easy.

Process for Chickpea Coconut Dal

Simply cook the onions until they are nice and soft. That will take about 6 minutes. Then add spices, in this case, cumin, ginger, coriander, turmeric and chilli.

Cook them out for a minute or two. Next add some garlic as well, cooking for a minute. Then stir in coconut milk and chickpeas.

Chickpea Coconut Dal

With that done add the lentils and some vegetable stock allow them to cook, bubbling gently, for about 25 minutes. Season with some salt and stir in the spinach until wilted. A little lemon juice adds an extra little twist too. So a wonderful dish can be ready to serve in less than an hour.

Chickpea Coconut Dal

You can adjust the spices to your liking. Personally, I go for mild spicing since that is my preference. But some chilli flakes will add an extra kick or two. A little fresh coriander sprinkled over the top is good too.

Tasting my dal

My dal was very good indeed. The flavour was so good, and the texture of the chickpeas, along with the lentils and the creamy coconut milk was perfect. The combination of spices gave that little hit at the back of the throat too. After my initial taste, I ate mine with some rice for a great dinner.

Chickpea Coconute Dal – Video

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Chickpea Coconut Dal

Recipe by geoffcooCourse: Stove top recipesCuisine: IndianDifficulty: Easy


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  • 400g(14oz) can of chickpeas, drained

  • 400g(14 oz) can of coconut milk

  • 750ml(3 cups+2 tbsp) vegetable stock

  • 300g(2 1/2 cups) red lentils, washed and drained

  • 1 large onion, roughly chopped

  • 150g(5 1/4 oz) baby leaf spinach

  • 6g(2 tsp) ground cumin

  • 6g(2 tsp) ground ginger

  • 6g(2 tsp) ground coriander

  • 3g(1 tsp) chilli powder

  • 3g(1 tsp) ground turmeric

  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced

  • 15ml(1 tbsp) lemon juice

  • salt, to taste, for seasoning

  • fresh coriander to sprinkle on top

  • 15ml(1 tbsp) vegetable oil, for frying


  • Heat the oil in a large pan.
  • Add the onion and cook it gently for about 6 minutes until it is softened, but not browned.
  • Stir in all the spices, adding a little water, and cook for a couple of minutes.
  • Add the garlic and cook that for a minute.
  • Stir in the coconut milk and add the chickpeas too, allow them to cook for about a minute.
  • Add the lentils and the vegetable stock and stir thoroughly, bringing everything to a boil.
  • Allow everything to cook, bubbling gently, for about 20 to 25 minutes, until the lentils are cooked.
  • Turn off the heat and stir in the spinach, until it has wilted down.
  • Stir in the lemon juice and add salt to season, if necessary.
  • When serving sprinkle some chopped coriander over the top.

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