I decided to try an Indian recipe and made some healthy lentil Dahl. Dahl is one of favourite things to eat when having Indian food and it’s also a really easy and nutritious vegetarian meal option. I had mine with some brown rice and yoghurt with mint and it turned out to be a perfect hearty winter meal.
- Some Coconut oil/ Olive oil depending on preference
- 2 cups of red lentils
- 1 onion
- 2 garlic cloves
- 2 teaspoons turmeric
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- Chilli Flakes (I only use a light sprinkle but if you enjoy heat you can use more)
- A bunch of fresh Coriander
- Salt to taste
- Thoroughly rinse the lentils with cold water. Place into a sauce pan with a generous amount of water to come to about 3 fingers above the surface . Leave it to cook on a high heat to bring it up to a boil, when most of the water has reduced and then bring it down to simmer. Get rid of any scum that appears on the top while it’s cooking.
- Once the lentils are nearly done add in turmeric and some salt and mix thoroughly and continue to cook on a low heat. The lentil mixture should achieve a thick but pourable consistency, you may find that while it’s cooking you need to add some more water.
- In a separate pan use some coconut oil or olive oil depending on your preference. I alternate between the two every time I make this and I think they both taste delicious. In each case just use enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan.
- Finely chop the onion and garlic and add it to the oil to cook.
- Before adding in the cumin seeds cook them in a separate pan without using any oil (dry-fry them). Once they have changed colour and appear cooked add them to the onion and garlic.
- Add in the chilli flakes.
- Add this mixture to the lentils and mix throughly
- Chop up some fresh coriander and mix it in.