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Nepali Dal Bhat (Lentils and Rice)

This is a very common recipe and meal in Nepali, perfect for a cold winter day.  Depending on how much energy you need is how many bhats you order.  A comfort food indeed.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine nepali
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 172kcal
Author International Cuisine


  • 2 Tablespoons ghee or oil
  • 1 onion chopped finely
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 2 " piece of ginger grated
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 cup red lentils washed
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 2 cups cooked white rice to serve with dal.


  • Heat the ghee or oil in a large frying pan and cook the onions until translucent but not brown.
  • Turn the heat to low and add in the garlic, ginger, 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 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


Calories: 172kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 12g | Sodium: 598mg | Potassium: 469mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 90IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 3.6mg