Lentil Dahl

This is a super easy, warming and comforting Indian dish that you will make time and time again. It’s 100% plant-based but doesn’t sacrifice any of the flavour or satisfaction that makes us all love a good curry. (vegan)

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Cook: 30 mins


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Firstly, rinse your lentils in a sieve until they run clear. Bring a large saucepan of water to boil and cook lentils according to instructions on packet. Once cooked, drain completely but make sure you reserve the lentil water by placing a bowl under sieve. This is very important, so don’t forget!
Heat oil in pan and add cloves, cumin seeds and mustard seeds. Wait for them to start sizzling and cracking in the oil and fry for 1 min, stirring regularly.
Add onion, give it a good stir and cook for 5-6 mins until onions soften. Stir garlic and ginger into pan and cook for 1-2 mins.
Add ground cumin, turmeric, ground coriander and chilli powder and stir into onions. Cook for 1 min before adding chopped tomatoes (blending them will help achieve a smoother sauce), stir tomatoes into, bring to a simmer and cook for 10 mins until tomatoes thicken and darken in pan.
Add garam masala and salt, stir well, then add cooked lentils to pan. Stir until mixed then gradually add lentil water to curry. This is where it starts getting creamy and delicious!
You can choose to add more water to achieve a runnier curry or less to achieve a thicker curry. Bring to a simmer once more and cook for 5- 10 mins. Season to taste and you’re ready to serve.
Serve with basmati rice, naan and garnish with chopped coriander and vegan yoghurt.

Nutritional Info

Cals – 497
Carbs – 72g
Protein – 20g
Fat – 11g


Serves Serves 4

For The Dahl

  • 250g of dried red lentils - make sure you reserve your lentil water!
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil (or any neutral oil).
  • 4 cloves.
  • Tsp cumin seeds.
  • Tsp mustard seeds.
  • 1 onion - finely sliced.
  • 4 cloves of garlic - crushed.
  • 4cm cube of ginger - grated.
  • Tsp ground cumin.
  • Tsp turmeric.
  • Tsp ground coriander.
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder.
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes - blended.
  • Tsp garam masala.
  • Tsp salt.

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