Nepali Lentils and Rice (Dal Bhat)


Nepali Lentils and Rice (Dal Bhat)

Cathy Duncan - Friendly Counselor Wife
Nepali Dal Bhat is a dish made of lentils and rice. One can see how this comforting combination of flavors and heat, would be perfect on a cold day.
Cuisine Nepali
Servings 4


  • 2 Tbs. Oil
  • 1 onion chopped finely
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 2 pieces of ginger grated
  • 1 tsp. coriander seeds crushed
  • 1/2 tsp. red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric
  • 1 cup red lentils washed
  • 3 cups of water
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbs. chopped cilantro
  • 2 cups cooked white rice to serve with dal.


  • Heat oil in a large frying pan and cook the onions until translucent but not brown.
  • Turn the heat to low and add in the ginger, garlic, crushed coriander seeds, red chili powder and turmeric. Stir to combine for about 3 minutes or so.
  • Add in the red lentils and mix well with the onion mixture.
  • Add in the water and bring it to a boil and add in the salt and reduce heat to a simmer for about 15 minutes or until the lentils are tender. Stir in the fresh cilantro and remove from heat.
  • Serve with white boiled or steamed rice.
  • Enjoy!"
Keyword Dal Bhat, flavor, heat, lentils, rice