Immune Boosting Masoor Dahl

Immune Boosting Masoor Dahl

By Lana Freytag

This Dahl is perfect on a cold winters night to warm you up and boost your immunity.  It is full of antioxidants, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory herbs and spices of turmeric, garlic, ginger, cumin and coriander.  These will help to nourish you through the cold winter.  The recipe also is a one-pot wonder meal that is also budget friendly.


  • 500g – Red Lentils
  • 2 TBSP – Ghee or coconut oil if vegan
  • 2-3 TBSP – Turmeric
  • 3cm – Ginger
  • 1 TSP – Ground Cumin
  • 1 TSP – Ground Coriander
  • 3 TSP – Black Mustard Seeds
  • 10 – Curry Leaves
  • 1 Pinch of chilli flakes (optional)
  • 2-3 – Medium tomatoes 1cm diced
  • 1 – Eggplant 1cm diced
  • 500g – Spinach
  • 1 cup – Pumpkin 1 cm diced
  • 1 bunch coriander
  • 2 TSP – Goram Masala


  1. Wash lentils in cold water until running clear
  2. In a large pot add ghee, ginger, garlic, turmeric and cook for 2 minutes
  3. Add cumin, mustard seeds, curry leaves and chilli flakes.  When mustard seeds start to pop add the vegetables of 1cm diced and fry for a few minutes
  4. Add 500ml of water and lentils and let it boil lightly for 10 minutes
  5. Add 1-1.5L of water and boil for 20 – 30 minutes on low heat, stirring from time to time because it can burn easily at this point
  6. Add 2 TSP Garam Masala and some salt and pepper
  7. Cut one bunch of coriander and add to the dahl at the ends
  8. Serve with basmati or brown rice and sprinkle with coriander and slithered almonds

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