Delicious dal

This is the very best dal. So rich, with the perfect blend of spices. If you add your favourite vegetable it’s substantial enough to have as a main dish. I would happily eat this every day. Screen Shot 2016-05-06 at 15.15.54

Delicious dal

Adapted from Madhur Jaffrey
Serves: 4


  • 180 g (7/8 cup) red lentils
  • 1/4 tsp ground turmeric
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 cardamom pods
  • 4 cm (1 1/2 inch) stick of cinnamon
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 vegetable of your choice, lightly cooked and chopped into chunks (e.g. 1 courgette, 1 head of cauliflower, 1 large potato, or 1 small butternut squash)


  1. Put the lentils in a sauce pan with 750ml water and bring to a boil. Spoon out any foam that appears.
  2. Add the turmeric and salt, then boil for 45 minutes with the lid slightly open.
  3. While the lentils are cooking, heat the oil in a separate pan.
  4. Add the cardamon, cinnamon, bay leaves, and cumin to the oil, and stir for a few seconds.
  5. Add the onion and fry until it starts to brown.
  6. Add the ginger, garlic, cayenne, and chosen vegetable chunks, then stir for a few minutes, until the vegetable is tender.
  7. Pour the contents of the pan into the lentils, and stir gently on low heat for a minute.
  8. Serve with your favourite type of rice or chapati.

How many EA Tasty Spoons does it get?

  1. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32 No animal products.
  2. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32 As far as I know, none of the ingredients are harmful to the environment.
  3. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32 All of the ingredients are pretty cheap. Lentils are a brilliant low cost protein source. It can be expensive to stock up on spices for the first time, but once you have them they will last for a long time and are very useful to have in the kitchen.
  4. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32I think this recipe is very healthy, especially because of the lentils, which provide protein and many types of fibre, and may help reduce risks of metabolic and cardiovascular diseases.
  5. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32So so good. This is a family favourite even though my family eat meat. My friends love it too!

Total EA Tasty Spoons: 5

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