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 for Cooking & love to explore healthy recipes. This blog is a result from it and am here to share 'Recipes for Healthy living'...Its all about 'FOOD and HEALTH'

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

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