Easy Slow Cooker Dal

Easy Slow Cooker Dal

My easy slow cooker dal is perfect for a busy lifestyle. This cold weather makes me want to eat food that will warm me, both with the flavour of spices and with the heat from a long slow cook.

This split pea dal is so easy to throw in the pot in the morning and then it is ready for your lunch or dinner later in the day.

Easy slow cooker dal

I served my dal with homemade naan, using this simple recipe from BBC Food by Anjum Anand. It requires no yeast or proving time and was so easy to do.

How to Make Slow Cooker Dal

Making the dal is as easy as putting the ingredients in the pot and turning it on!

Simply add the yellow split peas and spices to the slow cooker pot, add boiling water and leave to cook for 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low.

Easy Slow Cooker Dal

More Vegetarian Slow Cooker Dishes to Try

If you like this vegan slow cooker dish, you might also like these other vegetarian and vegan slow cooker dishes:

Get even more ideas from my Vegetarian recipe archives.

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Easy slow cooker dal


Linking up with March’s Slow Cooked Challenge with Janice from Farmersgirl Kitchen, where the theme this month is Spicy.

Slow Cooked Challenge

Linking up with Credit Crunch Munch, which is hosted this month by Jo from Jo’s Kitchen, and organised by Helen from Fuss Free Flavours and Camilla from Fab Food 4 All.

I think this is a great Credit Crunch dish, since slow cookers are so cheap to run. I also used up a bag of split peas for this recipe.


Easy slow cooker dal

Dal made with yellow split peas (chana dal) and spices, so easy to make a batch in the slow cooker
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 232kcal


  • 250 g yellow split peas (chana dal)
  • 1 onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 tsp lazy ginger
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp lazy red chilli
  • 800 ml boiling water
  • Salt and pepper


  • Place all the ingredients in the slow cooker.
  • Cook on high for four hours (or on low for eight hours).
  • Sprinkle with chopped coriander and serve with naan bread or rice. Can also be served as a side dish to other curries.
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Hi I cant get hold of lazy ginger or chilli, can I just use fresh ginger and chilli? and what would the quantities be? Thanks in advance


This is so easy and really delicious! Proper comfort food.

Lazy ginger, lazy red chili lol. Uh, will try this, looks good!


Do you have to soak the split peas?

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Leila Benhamida

Fantastic, will definitely try this.

Every single time I use up a packet, tub or jar of something I let out a chorus of “Another one bites the dust”. I LOVE using stuff up!

I love how you use your slow cooker for everything.

Thank for linking up to #creditcrunchmunch

I love a good dal, but haven’t tried making it at home. I’m pinning this to try since the recipe looks delicious and very easy (a plus!).

This looks great Lucy, I love dal and I’ve tried a couple of slow cooker dals and been a bit disappointed. Nice to have a tried and tested recipe to give a go!

This looks amazing Lucy! I don’t own a slow cooker but hopefully I will get one after my wedding haha it sounds like it makes everything so easy to cook 🙂

Wow, this looks delicious Lucy! And so straightforward! Will definitely be trying it.

The sounds so good. I haven’t had a nice dal in ages and this looks delicious. Also love that its so easy to make!