One Pot Lentil Dahl and Rice

Lentils, rice, veggies and LOTS of herbs and spices make this One Pot Lentil Dahl and Rice recipe a dinnertime champion!

Bowl of lentil dal recipe with lime wedges on the side.

I adore one-pot meals. Not only are they easy to make, but they are easy to clean-up after.

This lentil dahl and rice recipe is a comforting and satisfying dish with a vibrant combination of flavors. It showcases the diverse and lively culinary traditions of India encompassed in a one pot dish!

This is simply a warm bowl of hearty, vegetarian deliciousness.

FAQs

Can I use red lentils in this recipe?

Yes you can. However, if red lentil dal is what you are craving then I HIGHLY recommend checking out my Indian Red Lentil Dal recipe!

How can I make this recipe spicy?

If you are wanting to add more heat to this recipe you can do so by adding in some red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, or even chili flakes into the cooking process along with the other spices in the dish.

Can I use broth instead of water?

Of course! If you are wanting to add even more flavor into this recipe you can substitute in vegetable broth for water when cooking all of the ingredients together.

Recipe Ingredients

Ingredients for lentil daal and rice.

Let’s be honest, this recipe is ALL about the spices! So let’s talk about some of the less common ones.

Coriander is a warm and citrusy spice that adds a sweetness and depth to any recipe it’s used in.

Paprika has a sweet and smoky aroma and taste and adds both color and flavor to a dish.

Turmeric has a very earthy almost bitter taste with a slight sweetness and is very popular in Indian and Southeast Asian cuisines.

Cumin has a warm and slightly nutty flavor. It is the key ingredient in many spice blends and curry powder.

Now that we know what kind of flavor profile we are working with, let’s make this recipe!

How to make One Pot Lentil Dahl and Rice

Step 1: Measure out the proper amounts of ground coriander, paprika, turmeric, ground cumin, and cinnamon; place in a small bowl.

Step 2: Heat the oil in a 6-quart Dutch oven on your stovetop over medium-high heat. Add the onions and ginger to the pot and sauté until the onions become semi-translucent, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the garlic along with the pre-measured spices.

Onion and spices for dal being added to the Dutch oven.

Step 3: Add the potatoes, carrots and salt to the pot and give it a good stir. Add the sugar and a tablespoon of water and cook, stirring frequently, until the vegetables develop a glaze-like spice coating as the sugar caramelizes in the pan (about 5 minutes).

Potatoes and carrots added to the pot.

Step 4: Add the lentils, rice, and 3 cups of water to the pot. Bring the contents to a boil, and then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 18-24 minutes, or until rice, lentils, and potatoes are cooked through and no excess liquid remains.

Lentil daal cooking in a pot.

Step 5: Finally garnish with cilantro and serve with limes and warm naan or flatbread and enjoy!

Bowl of lentil dhal and rice with naan bread and lime wedges on the side.

Storage and Reheating

You can store this recipe in and airtight container in your fridge for 3-5 days. You can freeze this recipe in an airtight container for up to 1 month. However, with it having rice I personally wouldn’t recommend it because rice doesn’t typically hold up well after freezing.

To reheat you can do so in a pot on the stove top over medium heat until everything has warmed through. Or in your microwave until everything has warmed through.

Bowl of lentil dahl and rice with naan bread and lime wedges on the side.

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Lentils, rice, veggies and LOTS of herbs and spices make this One Pot Lentil Dahl and Rice recipe a dinnertime champion!

One Pot Lentil Dahl and Rice Recipe

Lentils, rice, veggies and LOTS of herbs and spices make this One Pot Lentil Dahl and Rice recipe a dinnertime champion!
4.5 from 268 votes
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 207kcal
Author: Linda
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Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons coriander
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 large yellow onion - diced
  • 2 tablespoons minced ginger root
  • 2 cloves garlic - minced
  • 2 russet potatoes - peeled and diced (about 2 ½ cups)
  • 1 medium carrot - diced (about 1 cup)
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup brown lentils
  • 3/4 cup basmati rice
  • Chopped fresh cilantro for garnish
  • Lime wedges for squeezing
  • Warm naan or flatbread for serving

Instructions

  • Measure out the proper amounts of coriander, paprika, turmeric, cumin, and cinnamon; place in a small bowl.
  • Heat the oil in a 6-quart dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the onions and ginger to the pot and saute until the onions become semi-translucent, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the garlic along with the pre-measured spices.
  • Add the potatoes, carrots and salt to the pot and give it a good stir. Add the sugar and a tablespoon of water and cook, stirring frequently, until the vegetables develop a glaze-like spice coating as the sugar caramelizes in the pan (about 5 minutes)
  • Add the lentils, rice, and 3 cups of water to the pot. Bring the contents to a boil, and then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 18-24 minutes, or until rice, lentils, and potatoes are cooked through and no excess liquid remains. Garnish with cilantro and serve with limes and warm naan or flatbread.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 207kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 594mg | Potassium: 430mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1304IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 2mg

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Comments:

    1. Hi Yolanda,

      No, you do not cover the pan for the 18-24 minutes of simmering time.

      – Linda

  1. I was wondering about the cooking time — it seems short. Do you soak and cook the lentils and rice ahead of time?

  2. I just made this, and it’s delicious and nutritious! Thank you for sharing this recipe! I’m going to make this again and again!

  3. I used honey instead of sugar and substituted half of the white potatoes for sweet. It was absolutely delicious. Next time I’ll up the heat with some red pepper flakes.