A simple nourishing pot of goodness-Dhal also known as lentils. This is a simple recipe packed with spices and flavour. Lentils are a source of fibre, protein, contain vitamins and minerals and one portion counts towards one of your 5ADAY. Why not make this simple dhal recipe made with coconut milk and perfect with some naan bread or rice


Vegan / Serves 4-6

Ingredients

• 1.5 cups of dried red lentils – can use tinned lentils
• 2 cups of water
• 1 tsp of coconut powder mixed with 1/2 cup of water – alternatively add 1/4 cup of coconut milk for a creamy texture or can leave as plain
• 1 tsp garam masala
• 1 tsp madras curry powder
• 1/2 tsp turmeric
• 1/2 a red onion chopped
• 4 cloves of sliced garlic
• 1 tbs of curry leaves – optional
• 1/4 tsp of fennel seeds – optional
• 1/4 tsp of cumin seeds – optional

Method

1 Wash and drain the lentils until the starchy water becomes clear.
2 Add the lentils to a pan along with 2 cups of water, boil and simmer. The lentils will soften and become yellow in colour.
3 Add the coconut milk, turmeric, garam masala and curry powder and season with a little salt and mix. Dhal can thicken quickly, if you prefer a thinner consistency add some water.
4 In a small frying pan, add a little oil and saute the onions, garlic, fennel and cumin seeds and curry leaves.
5 Add the onion mixture into the dhal and stir.
6 Serve dhal with rice or naan or even add some vegetables and have it like a soup.

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