This easy vegan CAMPING Palak Dal (Red Lentils with Spinach) is cooked in a Dutch oven right on the campfire!

Campfire Dutch Oven Recipe: Spiced Red Lentils

This easy vegan Campfire Dutch Oven Recipe features an easy take on Indian dal. These spiced red lentils are cooked in a Dutch oven right on the campfire!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 381kcal
Author Champagne Tastes


  • 1 TB olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 tsp salt, plus more to season rice
  • 2 TB tandoori masala spice mix
  • 1/2 TB garlic powder, plus more to season rice
  • 1 15 oz can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 cup red lentils (rinsed and sorted)
  • 1 15 oz can spinach, drained
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 2 cups instant white rice

Equipment Needed:

  • access to a campfire ring or campfire area
  • 1 small bag campfire coals
  • 1 camp-stove with propane (optional- you can also boil water by placing a saucepan or kettle over the campfire grate)
  • 1 cast iron dutch oven (not enameled)
  • small metal turner or spatula
  • saucepan with lid (for rice)
  • measuring cup (for rice)
  • cutting board
  • knife
  • can opener (if cans aren't pop-top)
  • bowls or plates
  • spoons or forks


  • Preheat campfire coals until very hot. Add olive oil, onions, salt, garlic, and tandoori spices into the dutch oven, and set uncovered on coals. Let onions sauté for 1-2 minutes, stirring if needed. Add tomatoes to the dutch oven, and let cook 2-3 minutes. Add spinach, lentils, and water. Cover dutch oven, and let cook 25-30 minutes, until most of the liquid has boiled down and the lentils are tender.
  • While lentils are cooking, boil water for rice in a saucepan on propane camp-stove. (Alternately, boil water over campfire on campfire grate. Depending on the size of your campfire ring, you might need to wait and boil the water after the lentils finish cooking.)
  • Prepare rice according to package directions, and then season to taste with salt and garlic powder.
  • If needed, season lentils to taste with more salt. Allow lentils to cool slightly before serving. Serve with rice.


Serves 4, or 2 hungry hikers
Nutrition information is based 4 servings and includes the rice.


Calories: 381kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 4g | Sodium: 615mg | Potassium: 657mg | Fiber: 16g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 62% | Vitamin C: 10% | Calcium: 7% | Iron: 40.9%