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Dal Bhat

Dal Bhat is the most popular dish served during trekking tours in the Himalayas. It consists a steamed rice and thick lentil soup called dal. For simplicity and convenience in field preparation, I’ve created one-pot version of recipe.
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Keyword backpacking, egg-free, gluten-free, no nuts, no shellfish, no tree nuts, vegan, vegetarian
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 458kcal


  • ¼ cup quick-cooking rice
  • 3 tablespoons quick-cooking red lentils
  • 1 tablespoon freeze-dried caramelised red onion
  • 1 teaspoon mild curry powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon vegetable bouillon powder
  • 1 tablespoon ghee



  • Mix all dry ingredients in a medium-sized zip-lock bag.
  • Pack ghee separately.


  • Put the dry Dal Bhat mixture in a pot and add 1 cup water.
  • Bring to a boil and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 10-15 minutes until rehydrated.
  • Stir in ghee or coconut oil and enjoy!


Calories: 458kcal | Carbohydrates: 63.5g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 16.2g | Sodium: 1035mg | Sugar: 2.3g