Dal Chili

Dal Chili

This Dal Chili is one of my favorite comfort foods and is perfect for those lazy nights when you don't feel like being in the kitchen for long. I especially love it because everyone can spice it up to their personal preference.

Serves 4


1 cup lentils 

4 cups water 

1 tsp salt or to taste

1 jar Cashew Butter Masala 


Wash the lentils thoroughly, using fine-mesh colander. Add the lentils to a sauce pan with the water. Bring to a boil. Stay by the stove and monitor the foaming, as your pot could quickly boil over if you are not watching. Skim off the foam and turn down the heat to medium-low, partially cover, and simmer until cooked through, about 25 minutes.

Once cooked, drain off lentil cooking water but save it on the side. Mix in salt to lentils to taste along with the Cashew Butter Masala sauce. At this point add in some of the cooking liquid to get to the consistency you like. The lentils will be super hot already so the sauce will heat up quickly by just mixing with the lentils. 

Serve in bowls and layer with your toppings! 

For Serving

Cheese - grated sharp cheddar, crumbled feta or cotija 

Sour cream or plain yogurt 

Chopped red onions or scallions 

Jalapeno slices 

Chopped cilantro 

Tortilla chips or roasted pepitas 

Roasted Garlic AchaarTomato AchaarGuntur Sannam Hot Sauce, or Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce