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Broccoli Dahl

Author : Ashley Madden
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 45 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: broccoli, dahl, lentils
This dahl is an easy recipe to make when you don't have a ton of time but want something healthy and extra nutritious.


  • 1 cup small diced onion ~1 small yellow onion
  • 1 cup medium diced celery ~ 2 celery stalks
  • cups medium diced carrots ~2 medium carrots
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons black mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups medium diced red potato skin on (~ 1 medium potato)
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth or water
  • 3 cups finely chopped broccoli
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup packed baby spinach kale or swiss chard
  • 1 tablespoon tamari or soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice ~juice of ½ lemon
  • Optional garnish: sliced green onion sprouts, hot sauce, sesame seeds


  • Add the onions, celery and carrots to a 4 qt stockpot with ¼ cup of water and sauté for 5-7 until the onions are soft and translucent. Stir occasionally with wooden spoon.
  • Add all the spices and salt and cook for another minute or so until fragrant. Add water as needed, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent burning sticking.
  • Add the potatoes, red lentils and vegetable broth or water. Bring the dahl to a boil and then reduce to a simmer and partially cover the pot with the lid. Simmer for 15 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.
  • Add the chopped broccoli and almond milk and continue to simmer for another 5 minutes.
  • When the broccoli is tender and bright green turn the heat off and add the spinach, tamari, and lemon juice. Stir, taste and reseason with salt and pepper if needed. Garnish with green onion, sprouts, hot sauce or sesame seeds!


Cut the tough parts of your broccoli off (especially the bottom part of the stems). Then chop the broccoli florets. I finely chopped the broccoli with my chef's knife but you can also toss the broccoli in a food processor and pulse it until it is small pieces if this is more appealing to you.
You can serve this along in a soup or stew bowl or put it on top of cooked grains like brown rice.
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Keyword broccoli, dahl, lentils
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