Recipe – Red Lentil Dahl

This week’s recipe is not only a favourite from last week’s menu but also one of our favourite meals of all times, it’s warm, filling and healthy and for sure in my house fits the category of the ultimate comfort food. Despite the somewhat less commonly found spices in the Czech Republic the recipe is fairly simple and has for many of my friends become a household staple.


This recipe will make 6-8 servings

For the roux
Butter 4 Tbs
Flour 5Ts
Curry Powder 2Tbs
Chilli powder 1Tbs
Graham Masala 2Tbs
Salt 1/2 ts
Pepper 1/2 ts
Ginger powder 1ts

For the base
Red Bell pepper 1
Yellow Bell pepper 1
Carrots 2
Onion 1
Red lentils 500gr
Vegetable Stock (Powder diluted in 1L of water or Fresh stock)
Vegetable oil 3Tbs

Chives/Spring onions
Sour cream

Making the Roux

To make the base of the Dahl combine in a large bowl the flour, curry powder, chili powder, graham masala, ginger powder, salt, and pepper.

In a large pan (I suggest using a large pan as the lentil will expand a lot), melt the butter but do not let in brown.

Once melted add the flour mixture and let it cook for 1-2 minutes to cook out the raw flour, keep stirring in order to not let this brown, and then remove the paste from the pan.

Making the base

Chopp your vegetable in small 1x1cm pieces and in the same pan as used previously sweat the onions, bell peppers, and carrots in the vegetable oil until they soften a bit.

Cover the vegetables with the stock and add in your red lentils, add more water to conform with the instruction of your lentils let this mixture simmer until all the lentils and vegetables are soft.

In a mixing bowl add your paste and thin it out with a cup of cold water, then slowly pour it into the lentil and vegetable mixture while whisking constantly, the mixture will thicken and you might have to add a little more water to obtain the texture you desire. Simmer on very low heat for another 5-10 minutes stirring frequently and adding water if it thickens too much.


To serve

The Dahl can be eaten with rice or alone as a healthy vegetarian meal and can be garnished with chives or spring onions as well as a healthy scoop of sour cream or yogurt to add a touch of freshness.

Hopefully you will enjoy this recipe as much as we do and if you would like to see a specific recipe from this week’s special or from the Oko! Bistro menu let us know on social media, and perhaps we will feature it in an upcoming article.