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This easy dal is made with lightly spiced spilt red lentils, and topped with cheese and crispy onions.
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Cheesy Split Red Lentil Tarka Dal Recipe

An easy recipe for an indulgent split red lentils dal, topped with crispy onions and cheese.
Servings: 2
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins


  • 1 tbs butter
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 2 onions - - sliced
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp flaked chilli
  • 210 g split red lentils - or 1 cup
  • 1 fat clove garlic - minced
  • 1/2 cm ginger root - peeled and grated
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 50 g cheddar - or other strong cheese - finely grated
  • red chilli & fresh herbs to serve


  • Place the butter and olive oil in the muticooker, set to FRY - VEGETABLES, add the onions and a generous pinch of salt and fry, stirring frequently for about 20 minutes until the onions are sticky, reduced and golden. Remove from cooking pot and set to one side.
  • Add a little more oil to the pot, and the spices, set the cooker to FRY - VEGETABLES and cook for a few minutes until fragrant. Add the lentils and cook for another minute.
  • Press KEEP WARM / CANCEL and set the machine to the SOUP programme, add the lentils, ginger, garlic and 2 cups of the stock. Cook for 20 - 25 minutes stirring occasionally, and adding more stock if needed until the lentils are mushy and you have your desired consistency.
  • Stir in half the cheese.
  • Serve topped with the onions, remains of the cheese and sprinkled with slices of red chilli and fresh herbs.


For a twist on the recipe try frying the onions in coconut oil
• Please note that the nutrition information provided below is approximate and meant as a guideline only.
• Unless stated otherwise cup conversions have been made with an online tool. For accuracy please check with your favoured conversion tool. We recommend buying inexpensive digital kitchen scales.
Calories: 143kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 1463mg | Potassium: 46mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 930IU | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1.2mg