Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Dal: Cozy Comfort with Minimal Effort

Last updated on July 5, 2024

This Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Dal is a hearty, creamy, and spiced lentil stew that’s super easy to make and perfect for cozy nights in.

Picture this: tender butternut squash, cozy lentils, and a symphony of spices all coming together in your slow cooker. Yes, this Butternut Squash Dal will hug your taste buds and do a happy dance in your belly. Ready to dive deep into flavors that can only be described as autumn in a bowl? Stick with me for a spoonful-by-spoonful journey into delicious simplicity.

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Dal

slow cooker butternut squash dal

This creamy, comforting Butternut Squash Dal combines the earthy warmth of lentils and the sweet notes of butternut squash, all enhanced by a medley of aromatic spices. It’s the superhero of weeknight dinners, saving time and effort with the help of a trusty slow cooker.

  • Cooking Method: Slow Cooker
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4-6 hours
  • Cuisine Type: Indian


  • 1 cup red lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups butternut squash, peeled and diced into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, for a kick)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish
  • Lemon wedges for serving

Cooking Instructions

  1. In a slow cooker, combine the red lentils, butternut squash, onion, garlic, and ginger. Dump it all in, no fuss.
  2. Stir in the diced tomatoes and vegetable broth. Ah, liquid of life!
  3. Add turmeric, cumin, coriander, cayenne pepper (if using), salt, and pepper. Sprinkle the magic dust generously.
  4. Cover the slow cooker and cook on low heat for 5-6 hours, or on high for 3-4 hours. Take a chill pill while it does its thing.
  5. Check the butternut squash; it should be tender and easily mashable with a spoon. If you’re still waiting, watch an episode of your favorite show. Then check again.
  6. Give the dal a good stir before serving. Garnish with fresh cilantro and a squeeze of lemon juice.


  • Alternative Ingredients: Swap butternut squash with sweet potatoes or carrots if you’re feeling adventurous.
  • Garnishing Options: Add a dollop of yogurt, a sprinkle of toasted coconut, or a few red chili flakes for extra flair.
  • Cooking Tips: If you prefer a creamier dal, use an immersion blender to puree some of the mixture before serving. Pro tip: Wear an apron or risk the orange splash zone!

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