Easiest Indian Dish Ever: Slow Cooker Red Lentil Daal Recipe

March 29, 2014

Easiest Indian Dish Ever: Slow Cooker Red Lentil Daal Recipe

Easiest Indian fix ever!  Just toss these ingredients in your slow cooker and a few hours later a super-flavorful, healthy Indian lentil stew emerges.  Don’t be intimidated by the spice list in this…if you’re missing 1 or 2 it’ll still be just as delicious!


  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3-6 hours, unattended
  • Yield: 8 servings


  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups red lentils
  • 1-15 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon minced ginger
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup minced cilantro


  1. Combine chicken broth, lentils, tomatoes, onion, ginger, garlic, mustard seed, coriander, cumin, and cayenne in a slow cooker. Cook for 6 hours on low or 3 hours on high. Stir in sugar, lemon juice, salt, and cilantro.


Make this a substantial vegetarian main dish by using veggie broth and stirring in cooked diced potatoes and baby spinach before serving. Serve over rice topped with Greek yogurt or sour cream. 

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