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Red Lentils Dhal with Braised Fennel

by Vincent
Red Lentils Dhal with Braised Fennel

On a cold day after spending time outside, nothing better than a hearty red lentils dhal to warm the soul!

We particularly like red lentils dhal as its nutritious, healthy and filling so you eat this as your main.

For this recipe, I went with red lentils. They cook quickly and they are perfect in a soup. 

After cooking the lentils, you add coconut milk and the whole thing comes together to give it an even smoother texture. 

Do you prefer spicier food? Then kick it up a notch with sliced red thai chilis.

Lentils Dhal with Braised Fennel Ingredients

I like to complement this soup with a vegetable. In this case I added braised fennel, but you can try different vegetables like carrots, celery or collared greens.

Red Lentils Dhal with Braised Fennel

Red Lentils Dhal with Braised Fennel

Serves: 4 Prep Time: Cooking Time: Total Time:
Nutrition facts: 439 calories 15.5 g fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )


  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp of minced ginger
  • 1 tsp of mustard seeds
  • 1 tbsp of fennel leaves, minced
  • 1/4 cup of fennel sticks, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp, olive oil
  • 1 cup of diced tomatoes (canned or fresh without liquid)
  • 1 1/2 cup of dry red lentils
  • 1/4 tsp chili flakes
  • 5 cups of chicken stock or vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup of coconut milk
  • 1 chili pepper, sliced (optional)
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • Coriander leaves for garnish
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • Braised Fennel Recipe


  1. In a pot, at a mid-low heat, cook slowly the onion and spices until softened and fragrant
  2. Add the garlic, chopped fennel leaves, sticks and tomatoes, cook for a minute.
  3. Add the lentils and broth and bring to a boil.
  4. Lower heat, cover and simmer for 15-18 minutes, until the lentils are tender.
  5. Once ready, add the coconut milk and warm through.
  6. Add lime juice at the end.
  7. Serve with braised fennel on top, chili slices (optional) and a few drops of lime juice.
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