An Indian Sweetcorn & Lentil Dal


A large saucepan of lentil dal in this household will disappear so quickly, you won’t believe your eyes. So very nutritious and comforting that makes you feel good and really warm inside.

The sweetcorn adds buttery speckles of colour to this already vibrant orange dal. It brings the sunshine to your palette!…what more could you ask for

A meal you can prepare in less than 35 minutes and I will be experimenting more to come up with even quicker healthier meals, so watch this space! Enjoy x



2 cups red lentils
Boiling water
1 medium onion sliced in crescents
1 tomato diced
1 tin of sweetcorn drained
½ tsp grated ginger
1 tsp garam masala/ pau bhaji masala
¼ tsp turmeric powder
¼ tsp mustard seeds
¼ tsp dried red chilli flakes
1 tsp coriander & cumin powder
Salt to taste
150g tomato passata
1 tbsp sunflower oil
Freshly chopped coriander to garnish


• Bring the lentils to a boil and then gently simmer for approximately 10-12 minutes, making sure there is enough water at all times. Once lentils are soft and a little mushy turn off the heat and set aside for later

• Heat up the oil, mustard seeds and chilli flakes in a large saucepan. When the seeds pop throw in the onion, tomato and ginger, sauté for a few minutes


• Add all the spices and seasoning plus the tomato passata


• Stir and lower heat to a gentle simmer, cook for 5 minutes with the sweetcorn and then carefully pour in the lentils with the water



• Bring to a boil and then on a low heat cover and simmer for 10 minutes

• Garnish with fresh coriander and serve with fluffy basmati rice



35 thoughts on “An Indian Sweetcorn & Lentil Dal

  1. Wonderful photos to go along with today’s post, Dimple. This dal sounds like it would be perfect for our sub-freezing weather. I need all the help I can get keeping warm. 🙂

  2. I am making some lentils with cauliflower & peas to serve some friends for dinner tonight. I am going to use this spice combination. Yum! I even tried my hand at naan for the first time! Can’t wait to eat it!

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