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Slow Cooker Masala Lentil Dal + Rice

Recipe and photography was provided by Carolyn Hodges of The Dinner Shift.

Cooking international cuisine does not need to be complicated or time consuming. In fact, you can use your slow cooker!

Perfect for when you need a cozy weeknight dinner, create an autunitic Indian-inspired Masala Lentil Dal at home by simply dumping a handful of ingredients into your slow cooker!

Slow Cooker Masala Lentil Dal + Rice
Slow Cooker Masala Lentil Dal + Rice
Cook time:
4 Hours
Prep time:
Total time:
4 Hours and 5 Minutes



  • 1 cup brown lentils, dried
  • 14.5 oz. can Heinen's diced tomatoes
  • 13.5 oz. can Heinen's organic unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 heaping Tbsp. Garam Massala
  • 2 tsp. garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. Heinen's ground ginger
  • 2 cups Heinen's vegetable stock
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Heinen's naan or Heinen's cooked rice


  1. Combine all ingredients except cilantro (lentils through vegetable stock) in a 3 to 4 quart slow cooker.
  2. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours. Remove lid and stir well.
  3. Season to taste, then stir in chopped cilantro.
  4. Serve atop cooked rice or alongside toasted naan.
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By Carolyn Hodges
Carolyn is a mom of boys and culinary dietitian in Cleveland, Ohio. The Dinner Shift is dedicated to helping busy moms get dinner on the table after the weekday grind, however that is defined for you and yours.

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