quinoa lentil dal served

The easiest vegan quinoa lentil dal recipe

Simple, quick and easy vegan quinoa lentil dal – serve over mashed potatoes or potato salad

I have a very simple recipe for you today. Protein-packed and very delicious, this quinoa lentil dal is a must-try.

quinoa and lentil dal ready
My quinoa and lentil dal ready

You can spice it up or serve it simple, like me. It’s great served over mashed potato – which is a classic option. But I decided to use a variation and served it over potato salad. Boiled white rice is another option.

I choose to cook red lentil today and mix it with quinoa exactly because

  • it’s easy and hassle-free
  • it’s protein-packed, great for a busy day if you need the extra energy
  • I needed the rich taste and aroma and creamy texture that melts in your mouth

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In terms of spices I let the veggies and tomato puree be the main flavour of this quinoa lentil dal. For an added, richer taste I used some cumin – it always makes my dishes just that little bit extra. 

If you like spicy food, you should definitely add some spicy red pepper or red curry paste – it will go so well with this rich and tasty dish! Also, a drizzle of coconut cream – and you’re in heaven!


quinoa and lentil dal ingredients
Chopped onion, garlic and mushrooms for my quinoa lentil dal
  • One large yellow onion
  • Four or five large white mushrooms
  • Two cloves of garlic
  • Two tablespoons tomato puree
  • One teaspoon cumin
  • One teaspoon salt
  • Optional – cooking oil to sautee, one teaspoon red curry paste
  • Half a cup of red lentil
  • Half a cup of white quinoa


Finely chop all veggies and sautee in a wok-style pan for about 10 minutes. Add the tomato paste and other spices and stir well.

Add the red lentil and quinoa and pour 2 cups of water if you want a thick dish or 3 cups if you want a more creamy texture. Broil over ow to medium heat for about 30 minutes or until ready.

Serve over mashed potato, boiled white rice or potato salad like me.

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