Recipe: Fast 5-Minute Alkaline Dhal (Dinner = DONE!)

5-minute dinner recipe

Super-Fast Five-Minute Alkaline Spinach & Lentil Dhal

MY GOODNESS, I love to get dinner done in a flash. And when it’s as fast, delicious, alkaline, and nutrient-dense as this it makes me so happy!

This is my super-fast, Five-Minute Alkaline Spinach & Lentil Dhal – and it’s mouthwateringly good.

It is super-alkaline, antioxidant-rich, and powerfully anti-inflammatory. The ingredients are easy to find, and all very affordable.

And it’s family-friendly and so good for you!

The benefits of this recipe come from:

  • Turmeric: beneficial for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and liver-protecting properties.
  • Ginger: with anti-inflammatory properties
  • Garlic: with immune-system supporting, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, garlic is also anti-viral and helps lower LDL cholesterol
  • Tomato: high in the powerful antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. Tomatoes are also a fantastic source of vitamin K, potassium, folate, and vitamin C.
  • Lentils: with the immune system supporting properties, lentils are full of fiber to support a healthy digestive system and bowel function
  • Broccoli: is a cruciferous vegetable and is high in vitamin C, sulforaphane, dietary fiber, and vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene). It is also a very good source of folate, potassium, choline, phosphorus, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, iron, and magnesium.
  • Spinach: Spinach contains more iron than beef and is a good source of calcium, potassium, vitamins A, C, and E. It is also full of fiber to support healthy digestion and nutrient assimilation
  • Coconut Oil: rich in lauric acid which has antiviral properties, can help prevent viruses from attaching to cell membranes. Studies have also indicated that coconut oil may improve blood cholesterol levels by increasing HDL (good) cholesterol while decreasing total cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. The caprylic acid also destroys candida.
  • Coriander / Cilantro: a great detoxifier and high in antioxidants and vitamin C; it also contains significant amounts of iron, magnesium, calcium, and potassium. The volatile oils found in coriander seeds can help reduce inflammation throughout the body.

Phew! So much goodness in one little bowl! Let’s get into it.

Five-Minute Alkaline Spinach & Lentil Dhal

overhead of dhal

Serves 2-4 (depending on accompaniments)


  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1-inch piece of ginger, finely chopped
  • 1-inch piece of turmeric, finely chopped
  • 5 spring onions/scallions, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 head of broccoli, roughly chopped
  • 1 x 400g tin of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 x 400g tin of cooked lentils, drained and rinsed
  • 2 large handfuls of spinach
  • 1 x 400g tin of coconut cream
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1/2 bunch coriander, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 10 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 tbsp curry powder (pref organic)
  • 1 tsp Himalayan salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper

Optional to serve: brown rice, wild rice, or quinoa


  • Heat the coconut oil on medium heat in a large pan, and add the garlic, turmeric, and ginger to the pan, stirring for 1 minute
  • Next, add the spring onion (scallions), cherry tomatoes, and salt and keep stirring for another 2 minutes.
  • Add the tin of coconut cream, and a little extra water (you can adjust the water to your preferred consistency), chickpeas, lentils, spices, and lime juice.
  • Now stir in the spinach and simmer for 2 minutes until the spinach is wilted, and then remove from the heat and top with the coriander.
  • Serve with rice, quinoa, or simply as a hearty, warming bowl on its own!

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  1. Isabelle Reply

    Hi. Ross 🙃c
    Do you have a recipe for lower the LDL ? Maybe a juice or something.
    Best regards,
    Isabelle ⛩

  2. janhavi Reply

    hi – thanks for your creative thoughts and recipes – will try some of them maybe tomorrow – (gotta get some chia (: ) btw am being guided by an Indian ayurvedic doc, taking lotsa ayurvedic herbal formulas from india the last 6 weeks – very powerfully amazingly healing for me – am wondering what you think of the ayurvedic perspective on food – looks like some of your recipes are similar tho maybe without ghee – and generally i think i read you consider most herbs to be alkaline? also there is the anti-parasite aspect to many of the intense roots and barks which maybe many of us need in this world.

    hope you’re well!

  3. Evelyn Ellis Reply

    Hi Ross started cooking this recipe for dinner but it doesn’t say when to add the broccoli

  4. Jamie Reply

    When do you add in the broccoli?

  5. elizabeth a Simurdiak Reply

    Is there a way to get your recipes in measurements of oz and lbs?

  6. Louanne Kelley Reply

    I love your recipes! Thankyou for being such a blessing!💝

  7. catherine Blais Reply

    When do you add the broccoli?

  8. Ursula Roden Reply

    In the directions you left out when to add the broccoli

  9. Mell Reply

    It looks tasty although it takes longer than 5 minutes just to collect all the ingredients needed to make this dish. The 5 minute description is deceptive.

  10. Frank bailey Reply

    Hi ross ,I am starting a 72 hour fast this week and this dhal recipe looks like a good one to have once I come off the fast.i want to follow it up with a five and two, so I will be looking for some healthy meals through the week any suggestions.

  11. Genevieve Forde Reply

    Thanks Ross!

  12. Harjeet Khakh Reply

    Hi Ross I have high blood pressure. Nd my husband have diabetes pls suggest us how can we cure Nd I have. Hypothyroid. Also pls help us