Red rice, lentils and butternut squash with carrot and quinoa in a herby dressing, healthy clean eating concept

Healthy Red Lentil and Butternut Squash Dal

Roasted butternut squash adds natural sweetness to this fragrant red lentil dal recipe.

A bowlful of this flavourful red lentil dal is warm and satisfying and fuels your body with loads of healthy ingredients.

Red rice, lentils and butternut squash with carrot and quinoa in a herby dressing, healthy clean eating concept

Red Lentil and Butternut Squash Dal

A bowlful of this flavourful red lentil dal with roasted butternut squash is warm and satisfying, and fuels your body with loads of healthy ingredients.
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups diced butternut squash cut into ¾-inch pieces (about half a medium squash)
  • 3 tbsp canola oil divided
  • ¾ tsp salt divided
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 onion diced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • 2 green onions thinly sliced

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 425˚F. Line a baking sheet with foil.
  • Place squash on baking sheet. Toss with 1 tbsp oil and ¼ tsp salt, then spread in an even layer. Bake 15 minutes, flip, and continue baking until squash is tender and has some browning on the outside.
  • Meanwhile, crush cumin seeds in a mortar and pestle, OR place them on a cutting board and crush by pressing down with the bottom of a saucepan.
  • Heat remaining 2 tbsp oil in a medium saucepan over medium-low. Add cumin seeds and mustard seeds; toast until sizzling and fragrant, stirring constantly, about 1 minute.
  • Add onion, garlic and remaining ½ tsp salt; cook, stirring frequently, until softened, about 6 minutes. Stir in turmeric and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Stir in lentils and water. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to a simmer. Cover, reduce to medium-low, and cook until lentils are tender, about 10 minutes, stirring once or twice. Stir in butternut squash, then stir in spinach just until wilted, about 30 seconds. Serve in bowls, topped with green onions.
Keyword butternut squash, Dal, lentils
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