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Loaded Dal Baked Potato

Prep Time: 15 Minutes

Total time: 1 Hour 20 Minutes

Servings: 10

Your classic baked potato is loaded with a global twist - a comforting lentil dal. The potato filling is mixed with yogurt, cumin, and chives, topped with lentil dal, and garnished with cilantro.

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    10 large russet potatoes

    2 Tbsp (30 mL) canola oil

    ½ tsp (2 mL) cumin seeds

    1 cup (250 mL) yellow onion, diced small

    1 ½ tsp (7 mL) jalapeno, minced

    ¼ cup (60 mL) garlic, minced

    ¼ cup (60 mL) ginger, minced

    ½ tsp (2 mL) turmeric

    ½ tsp (2 mL) smoked paprika

    ½ tsp (2 mL) cardamom

    ½ cup (125 mL) tomato, diced small

    2 cups (500 mL) split red lentils, dry

    3 cups (750 mL) low-sodium chicken stock

    1 Tbsp (15 mL) coconut milk

    1 Tbsp (15 mL) lemon juice

    2 tsp (10 mL) cumin

    2 cups (250 mL) dahi or plain Greek yogurt

    1 cup (125 mL) chives, minced

    1 cup (125 mL) cheddar cheese, shredded

    ¾ cup (175 mL) cilantro, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 400° (200⁰C).
  2. Prick potatoes all over with a fork or sharp knife and wrap each tightly in foil. Bake until soft, about 1 hour.
  3. In a large pot, heat oil over medium to high heat. Add cumin seeds and toast lightly for 1 minute.
  4. Add onion, jalapeno, garlic, and ginger and cook for 3 minutes, until onions just begin to turn translucent.
  5. Add turmeric, paprika, cardamom, and tomato to the pan and stir to fully incorporate. Allow to cook for 3 minutes until the tomato begins to break down.
  6. Add lentils and stock and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes.
  7. Once lentils have broken down and tenderized, stir in coconut milk and lemon juice. Reserve.
  8. Unwrap potatoes and cut lengthwise slits in the top of each. Carefully scoop out flesh from the center of each potato into a medium bowl. Add the yogurt, cumin, and chives.
  9. Spoon filling back into each potato, top with ½ cup (125 mL) of prepared dal. Sprinkle with cheese and return to the oven until melted, about 5 minutes, or place under a salamander broiler to melt. Garnish with cilantro and serve.

Nutritional Information

  • Serving Size: 1 loaded potato
  • Per serving:
  • Calories 430
  • Total Fat 12 g
  • Saturated Fat 5 g
  • Cholesterol 25 mg
  • Carbohydrates 59 g
  • Dietary Fibre 8 g
  • Sugar 4 g
  • Protein 20 g
  • Sodium 140 mg
  • Potassium 1129 mg
  • Folate 38 mcg