Red Lentil and Coconut Daal

by Mona Fe on Feb 08, 2021

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Red Lentil and Coconut Daal: The Magic Lentil Recipe for your Kids and the Entire Family

How often are you game enough to venture into the big unknown and suggest a new recipe? One you’ll love, but your kids will throw at you quicker than you can say “Just give it a try.”

Personally, we’ve lived through one too many attempts at We Might Be Tiny HQ.

That’s before finally coming across this kid-friendly lentil recipe.

It’s got all the exotic flavours and wholesome ingredients we all love about a good Daal, but they’re masked so your kids can’t tell.

The secret?

Your grater.

It turns carrots and zucchini into hidden superheroes that fly under the radar.

And when you dish it up in one of our Bear, Cat or Bunny Snackie you might just win the crown as “Grown-up of the Year”. They magically turn any meal into a fun affair for everyone. Because they’re dishwasher-friendly so you can outsource the aftermath to your kitchen appliance. #winning

So next time you’re over the weekly spag bol, give this game-changing recipe a go.

It might just change your life!

Makes 8 Snackies (plus leftovers)


  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 5-6 curry leaves, optional
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 brown onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 carrot, peeled and grated
  • 1 zucchini, grated
  • 1red capsicum, finely diced
  • 3 medium tomatoes, blitzed to a puree
  • 2 cm piece of ginger
  • 265 g (1 cup) red lentils
  • 400 ml (1 tin) coconut milk
  • 500 ml (2 cups) water
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste


In a large saucepan, add olive oil, cinnamon stick, cloves, and bay leaf and heat gently for 2-3 minutes.

Add mustard seeds and heat until you hear them start to pop - be careful not to burn.

Add cumin seeds, curry leaves, and turmeric and stir for 2 minutes.

Add onions and saute for 3-5 minutes until soft and translucent. Add garlic, ginger, and vegetables and saute for a further 3 minutes.

Add lentils, water, and coconut milk and allow to simmer for 20-25 minutes or until lentils are cooked.

Add pureed tomatoes and coriander powder and cook for a further 10 minutes. Just before serving add lemon juice and stir to combine.

Serve in a Snackie with rice and garnish with fresh coriander.

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