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White bowl with yellow dal topped with chopped coriander on wooden board with coriander naan next to it.
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Easy Slow Cooker Dal

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


  • oval slow cooker


  • 250 g yellow split peas (chana dal, 'yellow split gram')
  • 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.


Once cooked, you can store your dal in the fridge for up to 3 days in a covered container.
Allow dal to cool completely then freeze in tubs or freezer bags (to prevent freezer burn) for up to 3 months.
Traditionally dal is topped with a fried onion garnish just before serving. This is sometimes knwn as tarka or tadka.
Flatbreads such as roti, chapati, naan are often served on the side of dal, as well as rice.
When dal is eaten with rice this makes a complete protein, which is useful for vegetarians.


Calories: 232kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 15g | Sodium: 21mg | Potassium: 690mg | Fiber: 16g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 95IU | Vitamin C: 5.9mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 3.3mg