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Zucchini Dal

This quick and easy zucchini dal recipe is ready in less than 30 minutes! Enjoy this simple, comfort meal with a side of rice or some flatbreads. 

I can’t say I’m a huge fan of the Indian cuisine (Lebanese food aficionado here! 😉 ) but I do enjoy a good curry or dal from time to time. In case you are not familiar with this kind of recipe, you should know that dal or dhal is basically a lentil stew. Depending on its location in India, dal can be also made from mung beans – mung dal – or split peas – chana dal. It always has an earthy tone, with vibrant yellow colors or dusty green shades.

Despite the many varieties of Indian dal, the basics of this recipe remain the same. You can be creative and add different other veggies or greens to it, such as spinach, kale, eggplant, peppers, carrot, etc.

This zucchini dal recipe is extremely easy to make. You can see the preparation part in the video below. All you have to do is chop some veggies, and red lentils, water and spices, simmer for 20-30 minutes and that’s it! You can eat this with some flatbreads or add a side of rice to it.

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zucchini dal

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Zucchini Dal

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This quick and easy zucchini dal recipe is ready in less than 30 minutes! Enjoy this simple, comfort meal with a side of rice or some flatbreads.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 130g (⅔ cup) red lentils
  • 500-750ml (2-3 cups) water
  • 2 red bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 large zucchini, cubed
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 tsps curry powder
  • salt and ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 Tbsps oil
  • optional - chopped scallions or fresh parsley, for garnish.


  1. Heat oil in a large pot.
  2. Add the chopped pepper, zucchini, and onion. Saute for 5 minutes.
  3. Add red lentils and water. Mix in the rest of the ingredients and cook on low-medium heat until the lentils are soft - 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Serve over some basmati rice with chopped scallions or parsley on top.

Nutrition Information



Amount Per Serving Calories 161Total Fat 9gCarbohydrates 14.8gProtein 5g

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Sunday 29th of July 2018

My favorite Indian recipe ever. You rocked it!!!


Thursday 2nd of August 2018

Glad you liked it!


Thursday 26th of July 2018

Will this work with other lentils, the greenish-brown ones?


Wednesday 1st of August 2018

Sure! :)

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