Green Dal
150 Min

Green Dal

Greens lentils are the inside of the dried green beans called ‘vatana’ in India. They have a deliciously distinct earthy flavor that goes well with leafy green vegetables. These particular lentils may be hard to find in regular grocery stores but should be available at most Asian or Indian grocers. 
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Cook Time

150 Minutes



Step 1
Soak the lentils in 3 to 4 cups of water for 1 hour at room temperature or in the refrigerator overnight. Drain the water.
Step 2
Combine the lentils with 3 cups of water and turmeric and bring to a boil. Within a few minutes, a scum may rise to the top—this is the debris from the lentils that needs to be discarded. Using a slotted spoon, remove the scum. Reduce the heat to its lowest setting, cover the stockpot, and cook for at least 1 1/2 hrs until lentils are tender (add more water as needed).
Step 3
Add the serrano pepper, coconut milk, ginger purée, and salt. Stir to combine then add the collards, cook for another 2 to 3 minutes then turn off the heat.
Step 4
Heat the olive oil in a small separate pan, pop the cumin seeds, and add the shallots. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, taking care because the shallots can brown fast. Pour this mixture over the dal. Stir in the cilantro and serve.
1 cup split green lentils
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 large serrano pepper, diced
1/2 cup coconut milk
2 tablespoons ginger purée
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 cups finely chopped collard greens (stems removed)
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/2 cup chopped shallots
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro (or any other herb)

Notes & Variations

  • Use channa instead, cook time overall may be longer.
  • Instead of collards, use spinach, kale, watercress, or swiss chard.
  • Instead of cilantro, use thyme, rosemary, or basil.
150 Min


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