dal with poached eggs recipe

This great dish is good for brunch or dinner.

Serves 8.


  • 4 tbsp olive oil or grapeseed oil
  • 1-inch piece of ginger, peeled and minced
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp. coriander seeds, lightly crushed
  • 1 small hot fresh chili, chopped fine or 1/2 tsp. sirichi hot sauce
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 8 free-range eggs
  • pinch of salt
  • cilantro, optional
  • 3 cups water
  • plain yogurt


  1. Heat oil in a medium-sized pot. Once hot, add the ginger, onion, chili or hot sauce and coriander seeds. Cook about 6 minutes on medium heat, stirring.
  2. Add lentils and water into the pot. Add Salt.
  3. Increase to high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 15-20 minutes. Stir often to avoid sticking.
  4. Meanwhile, to poach the eggs, bring a small pot of water to a boil. Reduce heat to low so water is still. Crack each egg into a ramekin and gently pour egg into hot water.
  5. Let eggs cook for 3-4 minutes, then remove with a slotted spoon. Pat them dry.
  6. Spoon dal into 4 bowls, top each with 2 poached eggs, add a dollop of yogurt.
  7. Serve with lime wedge – which is delicious squeezed over dish!! and some sprigs of cilantro.

thanks to amaryll schwertner – this recipe was adapted from one of hers.

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