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Authentic Recipe of Surah Dahl. Delicious Afghan Traditional Red Lentil.

Surah Dahl is an authentic recipe for Red lentils, a popular dish for lunch. It is commonly served with traditional Afghan bread or Afghan rice called Challow.

Things to know about Surah Dahl Recipe

Red lentil is a favorite among Afghans. It makes an easy and delicious lunch on hot summer days. A special technique, called; ‘Seer Daagh’ is used in it. In Persian, ‘seer’ means ‘garlic,’ and ‘daagh’ stands for heat.

Shallow-fried minced garlic is added as a top layer to the lentil pot. It adds an amazing aroma and a distinct flavor of garlic to it. Traditionally Surah Dahl is served with Challow, Afghan white rice, or traditional bread. Some people add meat to it, but we kept this dish the traditional way. This is a good vegan recipe, full of nutrients, protein, and fiber.

Enjoy cooking and eating this mouthwatering recipe.

Delicious Afghan Traditional Red Lentil. Authentic Recipe of Surah Dahl.

Local Recipe Name with Local Characters: دال سره
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— General Atributes of This Recipe:

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


Servings 4 People
Calories / Serving 614 kcal



  • cups Red Lentil
  • ½ cup Vegetable Oil
  • 2 pcs Onion Chopped
  • 4 cloves Garlic Minced
  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder – Curcuma Powder
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Ground Coriander Powder
  • ½ tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 cups Water
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Seer Daagh

  • ¼ cup Vegetable Oil
  • 3 cloves Garlic Minced



  • Pour oil into a pot and heat.
  • Sauté onions until golden brown.
  • Then add turmeric powder, salt, black pepper, and coriander powder. Cook for about 2 minutes.
  • Add water and let it boil.
  • When it starts to boil, add red lentils and cook.
  • It should be ready in 15 minutes.

Seer Daagh

  • Heat oil in a small pan and keep the heat low to medium.
  • Add garlic to it and cook until light brown. Make sure not to burn it.
  • Then pour the oil over the lentils in the pot.
  • Garnish with fresh coriander.

— Specific Atributes of This Recipe:

Healthy Diet Recipe Vegan Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes
Religious Cooking Halal Recipes, Kosher Recipes


Calories: 614kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 18gFat: 42gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 24gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0.3gSodium: 1756mgPotassium: 699mgFiber: 21gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 28IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 63mgIron: 6mg
Keyword Surah Dahl Recipe, Traditional Afghan Red lentil, دال سره
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What to serve with Surah Dahl

Serve with bread or Naan, white rice Challow, or Chalaw.

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