Brown lentils and Dill leaves – Curry (Dry)

Brown lentil Palya1


I almost eat lentils with rice regularly. It’s a satisfying and nutritious meal and also a great combination, so delicious! This recipe is diet-friendly.

This lentil curry is absolutely amazing, it’s a simple and easy recipe, but it takes time, although it’s totally worth it. It’s also exotic, spicy, tasty and cream. It has an intense fresh dill flavour.

Health benefits:

Lentils include high protein content, improved digestion, a healthy heart, diabetes control, control of cancer, weight loss, a solution for anemia, and better electrolytic activity due to potassium. It is good for pregnant women, the prevention of atherosclerosis, and it helps in maintaining a healthy nervous system.

Yields-3-4 servings
Preparation time-5 minutes
Cooking time-35-40 minutes


  • Uncooked brown lentils- 1cup
  • Chopped onion-1medium
  • Chopped fresh dill leaves-1cup (stems included)
  • Chopped tomatoes-2medium
  • Chopped garlic- 2cloves
  • Turmeric-1/2tsp
  • Garam masala-2tsp
  • Salt- to taste
  • Oil-2tsp

For garnishing:

  • Chopped fresh cilantro/coriander


  • Wash and rinse lentils thoroughly.
  • Bring 2 ½-3cups of water to a boil in a saucepan and rinsed lentils and boil for about 15-20 minutes, drain and set aside (if you like your curry to be semi liquid consistency can retain the water)
  • Heat oil in same saucepan over medium high heat, add the onions, garlic and saute for a few minutes until translucent.
  • Add tomatoes, dill leaves and saute for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add turmeric, garam masala and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • Now add cooked lentils, stir to combine and simmer for 10-12 minutes.
  • Once done, turn off the flame. Garnish with cilantro/coriander.

Brown lentil Palya2

Serving suggestions:

Rice flour stuffed parathas

Rice Chapathi9

Ragi flour/Millet stuffed masala paratha

Ragi stuffed9

Semolina –oats roti

Semolina Oats2


  • Spices can be personalised.
  • Red lentils can also be used in place of brown lentils.
  • Dill leaves adds flavour to the curry, if not dill leaves spinach can also be used alternatively.

About Chitra Jagadish

My passion is Cooking & love exploring healthy recipes. This blog is all about sharing 'Recipes for Healthy living', which are my experiments at home.

Posted on June 6, 2015, in Indian, Side dish and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. Mr. Militant Negro

    Reblogged this on The Militant Negro™.


  2. I love lentils, and this dish looks delicious!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Thanks for the picture illustration!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. That’s quite a recommendation for lentils

    Liked by 1 person

  5. WOW!!This is amazing dear!I bet this tastes awesome and is very healthy too

    Liked by 1 person

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