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Black Beluga Lentils Vegan Dal

Black Lentils Vegan Dal

This super aromatic and full of flavor black lentil dal recipe is bursting with benefits of protein, fiber and calcium.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keyword black lentil dal, dal Makhani, lentil dal, vegan dal, vegetarian dal
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4
Author Celebrate Woman


  • 2 Tbsp butter or oil or ghee
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 Tbsp fresh ginger chopped
  • ½ tsp garam masala skip if you do not have it
  • ½ tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 3 garlic cloves chopped
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 cup fresh chopped or canned tomatoes
  • 1 cup black lentils, also known as Beluga lentils

For Plating

  • 4 tsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp heavy cream


  1. Heat butter or oil. Add onions and saute them for about 3 minutes.

  2. Add cumin seeds to onions. Begin to bloom this spice in butter for another couple of minutes.

  3. Add ginger, garam masala (if you use it), turmeric, coriander, garlic, chili powder and salt to the onions. Continue the blooming process for about 3 minutes to introduce all the aroma complexity into the onion mixture.

  4. Add water to the dal mixture.

  5. Add tomatoes to the water mixture. Stir carefull y to spread all the ingredients evenly within the mixture.

  6. Add Beluga black lentils to the watered dal and bring to a boil. Then, reduce to a low simmer, cover with a lid, and cook for 45 minutes.

  7. When you plate Beluga lentil dal into a bowl, add a teaspoon of butter and 1 tablespoon of heavy cream. Stir with a spoon. Enjoy this incredibly aromatic Indian recipe in the comfort of your home.