Cooking with Ella – Lentil & Butternut Squash Dahl

Hello loves! 
So last Sunday night, I picked my very first recipe out of my Deliciously Ella Cookbook, went to the store to gather what I needed and excitedly headed right back home to make it! I chose this Lentil & Butternut Squash Dahl that couldn’t have be easier to make & turned out super yum! 

You know what I always say about planning & meals like this are so fabulous because I can eat the leftovers for either lunch or dinner the next day (and again the next day!) haha

Helpful Tips:
– I swapped out the Olive Oil for a generous tablespoon of Coconut Oil. Coconut Oil is my fave!
– Ella writes that you may need to add a little more water while the Dahl party is simmering up and just know that you absolutely will need to add more water. I’m thinking I added about an extra cup+ into the pot to keep the lentils & butternut from drying out + allow them to continue to cook & soften.
– I tasted a spoonful here & there to test for consistency/softeness. Personally, I like mine pretty soft, but definitely cook to your liking. 
Brown Rice: one of my fave complex carbs!
I made 1 cup of rice to go along with this recipe & to have leftovers so I could eat over the next few days. 
1 cup brown rice (dry) / 2 cups of water. I added a tablespoon of coconut oil to my rice towards the end, which makes it extra yummy! 🙂 

Hope you love this recipe has much as I did! xx

Much Love, 


  1. Laura athousandtimestooshort
    March 23, 2016 / 9:01 am

    Thank you for this 🙂 I was just looking at the recipe in my DE cookbook, wondering what it looked like when done, so googled and found your pictures of the finished dish. Looks lovely – I’ll try it! Thanks again 🙂

    • Lauren Schwaiger
      March 23, 2016 / 1:50 pm

      Hi Laura! :)Oh, wonderful! Your so welcome — happy my post could help! This is actually one of my favorite recipes from her entire cookbook and turned out the best just as written in the cookbook. There are a couple others that I’ve tried that needed a little extra love to add a bit more flavor! lolxxLS

  2. Chris
    January 7, 2017 / 10:24 pm

    I found the butternut squash to be quite bland so you might want to pimp this up with a bit of garam massala. I also started the curry with onions as a base.

    • Lauren Schwaiger
      January 8, 2017 / 9:51 pm

      most of her recipes are pretty bland, lol.I have found that I need to tweak most anything I make from her to jazz it up a bit!Glad to hear you tried out the recipe, tho!LS

  3. Zazou
    October 21, 2017 / 12:54 pm

    Hi!Did you use dry lentils or the ones in cans? I want to make it tomorrow for friends, it looks delicious!!! Thank you xx

    • Lauren Schwaiger
      October 21, 2017 / 1:45 pm

      Hi!I use dry lentils! I don’t really use much from a can :)Hope you love it! have a great evening with friends! xx

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