Red lentil, Pumpkin, Pea & Broccoli Dahl

  • Yield : 1 cup
  • Prep Time : 5m
  • Cook Time : 15m
  • Ready In : 20m

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George loved this red lentil, pumpkin, pea and broccoli dahl.  Red lentils are a pantry staple in our house – I always have a packet in my cupboard as they are so easy and very quick to cook.  What I loved about this recipe was that the red lentils and  pumpkin simmered down to a nice smooth mash and the peas and broccoli added a bit of chunk and texture for George to munch on.  I even mashed some on my salad sandwich.  Charlie was a little skeptical, but he ended up being jealous of my lunch!

Tip: A pinch of tumeric makes this “dahl” adds a boost of colour and makes this “dahl” a little more traditional.  You could even try gently frying some finely grated onion and a pinch of cumin for an added flavour boost.

Nutrition Note: Red lentils are a legume, they are high in fibre, protein and carbohydrates and low in salt.  Including legumes regularly in your child’s diet has many benefits for their long term health and wellbeing.

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  • 1 cup water
  • 200 g pumpkin, chopped
  • 1/4 cup red lentils
  • a pinch of tumeric (optional)
  • 1/2 cup broccoli, florets chopped
  • 2 tbsp frozen peas


Step 1

Combine the pumpkin and red lentils into a small saucepan, add the water and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, add the broccoli and peas and simmer for a further 5 minutes until the pumpkin and broccoli are soft. -

Step 2

Fork mash (or puree) and serve. -

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Recipe Comments

  1. posted by Jenni on May 12, 2014

    Hi, does this freeze ok?

    • posted by Jess on May 12, 2014

      Yes, this is fine to freeze. Enjoy, Jx

  2. posted by Ariane on May 12, 2014

    Would you know what temp and cooking time/speed this would need in a thermomix?

  3. posted by Rodanthi Constantinou on June 15, 2014

    Hi is there any way to save favourite means on this site?

    • posted by Jess on June 15, 2014

      Hi Rodanthi, unfortunately not at the moment but we are currently redesigning our website so we will have some fab new features coming your way soon. Jx

  4. posted by Amy on June 29, 2014

    Hi there! When should I add the turmeric? Thanks!

    • posted by Jess on July 4, 2014

      Hi Amy, simply add it with the red lentils. Enjoy, Jx

  5. posted by Bec on July 20, 2014

    I just made this for my 18 month old young man using smoked paprika instead of turmeric (we didn’t have any!) And he just ate and ate and ate! Thanks for a quick, easy meal he loved!

  6. posted by Samara on October 10, 2014

    Sooooo good . Left out spices due to bubs intolerances and added chicken. Tasted amazing.

  7. posted by Lisa on December 1, 2014

    This sounds lovely OHC. Do the lentils need to be soaked beforehand?

    • posted by Jess on December 1, 2014

      Hi Lisa, no need to soak the red lentils 🙂 Enjoy, Jx

  8. posted by Lina on March 16, 2015

    This is really tasty! My 9 month old enjoyed it and finish her serving. I added a bit of turmeric and cumin, this was really easy and quick to make. I froze the leftovers in baby food jars.

  9. posted by Jit on June 21, 2015

    Hey can you use anything instead of pumpkin – it’s hard to get hold of in the UK at this time of year.

    • posted by Allie on June 23, 2015

      Sweet potato/kumera?

  10. posted by Melissa on June 29, 2015

    How many portions does this make please

    • posted by Jess on July 7, 2015

      Hi Melissa, it will depend on your baby, how old they and their appetite. It makes around 1 cup so maybe up to 4 serves? Jx

  11. posted by Natalie on July 7, 2015

    This was a great alternative to my usual pasta and rice options. I added a sprinlkle of cumin and paprika aswell as the tumeric and added some chopped onion and garlic. My 17 month old loved it. Thank you

  12. posted by Cecilia flores on April 4, 2016

    Hi if I use thawed homemade stock can i freeze it thanks


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