Red lentil and chickpea dal with butternut squash and toasted pita

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Red lentil and chickpea dal with butternut squash and toasted pita

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Red lentil and chickpea dal with butternut squash and toasted pita

Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Mediterranean, Lean & Clean, Vegan, <600 Calories

2 Servings, 590 Calories/Serving

25–40 Minutes

There’s never a dull moment when you’ve got dal. For a crazy-delicious Indian stew, we throw in mildly sweet butternut squash, hearty red lentils, and earthy chickpeas plus bright lemongrass paste to bump up the flavors. 

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1 bag serves 2 (2 bags serve 4)
Sunbasket is proud to source the organic ingredients indicated below. On the rare occasion we are unable to meet our organic promise, we'll put a note in your bag.
  • 1 organic yellow onion
  • ½ cup red lentils
  • Sunbasket lemongrass paste (lemongrass - extra virgin olive oil - pureed garlic - pureed ginger - turmeric)
  • ½ pound organic chopped peeled butternut squash
  • Sunbasket tomato sauce (tomatoes - onions - garlic - olive oil - salt - spices)
  • ½ cup cooked chickpeas
  • 1 organic lime
  • 4 or 5 sprigs organic fresh cilantro
  • 2 Atoria’s Family Bakery whole grain pita breads

Nutrition per serving

Calories 590, Total Fat 17g (22% DV), Sat. Fat 2g (10% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholest. 0mg (0% DV), Sodium 510mg (22% DV), Total Carb. 93g (34% DV), Fiber 17g (61% DV), Total Sugars 10g (Incl. 1g Added Sugars, 2% DV), Protein 23g
Contains: Wheat

Sodium does not include pantry salt; for reference, ⅛; teaspoon kosher salt per serving averages 240mg (10% DV). Not a significant source of trans fat. Packed in a facility that handles all major food allergens* and gluten.

*Milk, Eggs, Fish, Crustacean Shellfish, Tree Nuts, Peanuts, Wheat, Soybeans, Sesame.


2-serving instructions (4-serving modifications in red)

Wash produce before use


Start the dal

  • Peel and finely chop enough onion to measure 1 cup [2 cups]. 
  • Rinse the lentils.

In a medium [large] sauce pot over medium heat, warm 1 tablespoon [2 TBL] oil until hot but not smoking. Add the onion, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until starting to soften, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the lemongrass paste and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. 

Add the lentils, butternut squash, tomato sauce, and 1½ cups [3 cups] water and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the lentils and squash are just tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the remaining ingredients. 


Prep the remaining ingredients; finish the dal

  • Rinse the chickpeas.
  • Cut the lime into wedges for garnish. 
  • Coarsely chop the cilantro for garnish.

To the pot with the dal, add the chickpeas and cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and season to taste with salt and pepper. Meanwhile, heat the pita breads.


Warm the pita breads

On the stovetop directly over a flame, or in a dry medium frying pan over medium heat, warm the pita breads, turning once, until lightly toasted, about 30 seconds per side. Alternatively, toast them in a toaster oven. Cut or tear in half.


Transfer the dal to individual bowls and garnish with the cilantro. Serve with the pita and lime wedges. 

Kids Can!
  • Measure the onion.
  • Rinse the lentils and chickpeas.
  • Measure the water for the dal.
  • Garnish with the cilantro.