As someone who loves lentils, dhal is a favourite dish. At its most basic it is just spicy lentils that can be served with rice or nan bread, or even potatoes and maybe a side salad but it can be added to and adapted in many ways. It is a star dish for being very low cost and very easy.
My Own Dhal Recipe
I usually cook it with onion, pepper and tomatoes. It is also good with the addition of peas or may be even some kale.
It is one of those recipes, perhaps like spaghetti bolognese that has the same basis but with 100s of variations and people develop their own way of doing it.
Fabulously tasty and easy classic, low cost lentil recipe. Adapt to suit your own tastes. Comfort food at its very best
Adapt Dhal Recipe To Your Taste
You may of course vary the spices that you use and certainly decide how hot you like it with how much chilli powder you add.
Dhal is typically made with red lentils as in the recipe below, but it can be made with yellow split peas or small chick peas
It is a really low cost, comforting and nutritious meal. I am by no means an expert at Indian cookery so this is simply my version of the dish – just easy and delicious! It is another recipe that I would add to the list of something to cook when you don’t know what to cook as it uses largely ingredients that you will have in the cupboard.
If you don’t have a pepper it doesn’t matter you can miss it out and you could always use peas or chickpeas if you want to add something else. Make your own variations
Dahl – Super Low Cost Recipe
As a low cost meal it really wins costing about 50p for the lentils plus a further £1-£1.50 for the vegetables and spices and a little more for accompanying rice or nan – so a satisfying and nutritious meal for around £2.50 for 4 – it’s hard to beat really….. Make up double and have enough to reheat for another day. Good to come home to, especially on a winter’s day!
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes
- 2 tablespoons sunflower oil
- 1 onion peeled and sliced
- 2 garlic cloves peeled and crushed
- 1 inch root ginger, grated
- 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
- 250g / 8ozs red lentils
- 1 litre boiling water
- 400g carton chopped tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon coriander
- 1 teaspoon tumeric
- 1 teaspoon chilli powder
- 1 red pepper deseeded and chopped
- Place the lentils in a saucepan
- Cover with boiling water
- Bring back to the boil and simmer for about 20 minutes or until soft
- Meanwhile heat the oil in a frying pan
- Add the onion and fry for a few minutes until soft
- Add the cumin seeds and the pepper and fry for a few minutes
- Add the garlic and spices and stir and cook for a minute
- Add the chopped tomatoes
- Simmer gently
- When the lentils are cooked add the tomato mix to the lentils
- Simmer for about 40 minutes
- Serve hot with nan bread or rice
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