How To Make Lentil Dhal, Wholegrain Rice and Mango Lassi By Honest Mum

Updated post.

I hate the notion that all curries are unhealthy.

Sure there are a few restaurants and take aways that use excessive amounts of ghee and oil, but I genuinely think they’re the exception.

I always love to make my own curries at home and in particular love this super healthy lentil dhal with wholegrain rice and mango lassi. This dish (minus the lassi or made with coconut milk) is perfect if you’re a vegan like me or simply want to up the fibre and veggies in your diet (always a good thing)!

dhal, rice and mango lassi

Lentils are of course incredibly good for us. One of the world’s healthiest food, they’re packed full of cholesterol-lowering fibre and are an excellent source of protein, vitamin B with virtually no fat too!

lentil dhal

Both cumin and turmeric (two of the key spices in curry) is known to guard our vital organs against cancer and other diseases, whilst more recent studies suggest turmeric could also prevent Alzheimer’s too.

Lentil Dhal, Wholegrain Rice and Mango Lassi

Personally, I prefer to use wholegrain rice rather than white rice, as it’s more flavoursome and packed full of fibre for a healthy digestive system. It’s low GI too so releases energy slowly helping to regulate blood sugar too.

lentil curry

I love to enjoy my curry with this super tasty mango lassi, a traditional Indian drink that is not too dissimilar to a milkshake.

Made with fresh mango and yogurt, it is packed full of vitamins and nutrients and brings all the boys to my yard-well my own boys any least.

lentil curry

If you’re worried the chilli might be too hot for your kids, simply omit. My two love this meal.

Ingredients (serves 4)

For the dhal curry

  • 1 tablespoon of sesame oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, finely sliced
  • 1 tsps of grated fresh ginger
  • 400g red lentils, rinsed under cold water
  • 4 cups of water
  • 2 tsps turmeric
  • 2 tsps cumin seeds
  • 1 tsps mustard seed
  • 1 fresh green chilli, finely sliced (remove seeds if you want to keep the heat down)
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato paste
  • 200g of wholegrain rice
  • Fresh yoghurt
  • 1 lime, quartered

For the mango lassi

  • 2 ripe mangos
  • 500 g low-fat natural yoghurt
  • 80g cubed ice
  • 3 tsps of honey (add more or less as per your taste, or skip all together)
  • 1 tablespoon of rosewater (optional – alternatively you could use cardamon pods or saffron)



For the dhal curry

Heat the sesame oil in a medium to large sized pan and add the onion, garlic and ginger, cook until onions are soft.

Add your lentils, spices and water to the pan, bring to the boil and then bring the heat down low and simmer for 15 – 20 minutes until lentils are soft. Stir regularly to prevent sticking.

Stir in your tomato paste, cook for several more minutes before removing from heat. Serve with yoghurt and lime wedge to garnish.

As you bring the dhal down to a simmer, start preparing and cooking your rice according to the cooking instructions on the packet.

For the mango lassi

Add honey, mango and rosewater to a blender or nutribullet. Blend until smooth.

Add yoghurt, blend until mixed in

Add ice and blend one last time until mixture is smooth and pour into a glass to serve.


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42 Responses

  1. Sarah F

    Wow this looks delicious, like you, Leeds and Bradford are on my doorstep, and we’ve got THE most amazing Indian restaurant in our local town just down the road, but the sense of satisfaction when you create your own curry is a great feeling – especially when it’s a healthy one like this one! Will definitely give this one a go.
    Love the recipe for the Mango Lassi, thanks for sharing, I don’t know why I’ve never even tried to recreate it at home – it sounds so easy!!

    • Honest Mum

      So lovely you are local too, we are lucky aren’t we. I agree, something so wonderful about making your own dishes, I find cooking so therapeutic too xx

  2. Rebecca U

    I love curries and like you, it annoys me that they are seen as unhealthy. Yes some can be but certainly not ones like this – yummy! Thanks for hosting x

    • Honest Mum

      Exactly Rebecca, so many of my British Asian friends are upset curries are regarded unhealthy too, they make the tastiest, most nutritious food x

  3. Cheryl @ ReimerandRuby

    This looks yummy especially that I love curry and rice too! This mango lassi just reminds me of home, we used to make mango shake frequently because there are loads of mangoes out there. Thanks for sharing this healthy recipe! #tastytuesdays

  4. Jenny

    Oh my goodness I haven’t ate lunch yet and this just made me salivate so badly. Looks so good I feel like I can taste it through the photos. 😉 Thanks for hosting.

  5. emma

    totally going to try this out – always looking for yummy veg recipes, and LOVE curry so this looks like a must for me. xx

  6. Angela / Only Crumbs Remain

    I love lentil dhal. My friend’s mum always has some on the hob when I visit and it’s delicious. I tried to recreate it a few weeks back and although it was nice, it wasn’t a patch on what her mum makes. I shall have to give your recipe a go.
    Angela x

  7. Sarah

    I love dhal, in fact I love all curries 🙂 Have never tried lassi before, but am planning to cook curry tomorrow and happen to have a couple of mango in the fridge so will give it a go! Thanks for having us again on #TastyTuesdays

  8. Fionnuala

    Oh I love curries too. Unfortunately here in Germany there is a real shortage of Indian restaurants.
    My son’s would love that mango lassi. I must make it for them.

  9. Corina

    I used to give lentils to my 1 year old quite a lot when I was first weaning but haven’t made any for a while. I’ll have to make a dhal again soon and hopefully he’ll still like it! I love mango lassis too.


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