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Microwave red lentil dhal recipe

Microwave red lentil dhal recipe

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Whip up a delicious dhal in just 15 minutes using just your microwave! This low energy dish is made with just 3 ingredients and is a great winter warmer. See method

  • Serves 1
  • 15 mins
  • 241 calories / serving
  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten-free


  • 50g red lentils
  • 227g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tsp tikka curry paste
  • natural yogurt, to serve (optional)
  • crispy onions, to serve (optional)
  • coriander, to serve (optional)
If you don't have red lentils, you can try using green lentils instead

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    2g 3%
  • Saturates

    1g 4%
  • Sugars

    11g 14%
  • Salt

    0.4g 6%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 33.9g Protein 16.3g Fibre 11g


  1. Rinse 50g red lentils in a colander until the water runs clear. Transfer to a microwave-safe bowl with a 227g tin chopped tomatoes, 2 tsp tikka curry paste and 200ml water. Cover with a plate, reusable top or clingfilm. Cook on high (750W) for 10 mins, then stir, re-cover and microwave for 5 mins more; stir and season.
  2. Spoon into a bowl; top with natural yogurt. Sprinkle over crispy onions and coriander, if you like.

Freezing and defrosting guidelines

In order to enjoy optimum flavour and quality, frozen items are best used within 3 months of their freezing date. For more tips on freezing and defrosting food, read our article Love Your Freezer.

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