Mahavira’s Dal


Mahavira’s Dal Recipe is great for large gatherings and potluck dinners. This generous batch of dal, featuring suggested vegetables or your garden’s seasonal picks, is sure to please a crowd. It yields a large pot, making it perfect for batch cooking and freezing for future meals. Enjoy the convenience and flavour of this hearty dish at your gatherings!

Dal is a wholesome and comforting Indian dish made from dried and split legumes, such as lentils, peas, or beans. It’s cooked with aromatic spices, resulting in a flavourful, often creamy, stew-like consistency. Dal is a staple in Indian cuisine, enjoyed as a side dish or a main course, and it can pair with rice, bread, or served on its own. With many regional variations, dal offers a diverse range of flavours and is hearty, nutritious, and delicious.

Mahavira’s Dal with lentils and naan

Mahavira’s Dal

The founder of Monsoon Coast designed this recipe to make a large batch of dal. It is perfect for a potluck dinner or large family gathering. The suggested vegetables work really well, but by all means, use whatever is fresh from your garden and/or in season. Enjoy! Yields a giant pot. Freezes very well for batch meals.
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian & South Asian
Servings 8 Servings


  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 whole Onion Diced
  • 4 cloves Garlic Crushed
  • 1 tbsp Ginger Grated
  • 1 tbsp Mahaviras Feast Heaped
  • 1 tbsp Turmeric
  • 2 tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 2 cups Red Lentils Washed well and drained
  • 1/2 cup Basmati Rice Triple rinsed and drained
  • 8 cup Vegetable Stock
  • 1 cup Cauliflower cut in small pieces
  • 1 whole Sweet Red Pepper Diced
  • 1 cup Green Peas Fresh or Frozen
  • 1 can Coconut Milk
  • Salt to taste


  • In a very large pot sauté onions in oil until translucent (about 10 minutes).
  • Add garlic and ginger. Sauté for 2 minutes.
  • Add spices and stir well. Cook for 2 minutes until fragrant.
  • Add tomato paste. Cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add lentils and rice and stir to combine with onion and spice mixture.
  • Add 7 cups of the vegetable stock. Bring to a boil and then reduce to low, cover and simmer.
  • After 10 minutes add the cauliflower and stir in. Cover and simmer for another 10 minutes.
  • Stir in the rest of the vegetables and more stock as needed to keep the consistency of a thick soup. Once all the vegetables are in, add salt to taste.
  • Cook for 10 minutes until the vegetables are nearly done.
  • Stir in the coconut milk, simmer for about 10 more minutes to combine the flavours. adjust seasoning.
Keyword Daal, Dal, Dhal, Vegetarian
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  1. L Russell on April 5, 2024 at 6:51 am

    Good morning, my name is Leslie Russell. I am the lucky winner of your nine spice package from the Christmas show. I like this Dal recipe…I am used to all these ingredients, but….as I have 9 spices and not this one, and am unfamiliar with any of them…could you recommend which of the 9 spices I presently have to make a dal? .. I made the butter chicken..We enjoyed it!
    thank you. Leslie

    • Monsoon Coast on April 7, 2024 at 11:32 am

      Hi Leslie, We are glad you are enjoying! The Monsoon Balti in your 9-piece set works great in this recipe instead of Mahavira’s Feast. Happy cooking!

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