A Recipe: Red Lentil Dahl


I have been receiving emails lately asking for recipes and ideas for meal planning. I thought I would share a few of my favourite staple recipes with you, beginning today with my step mother’s lentil dahl. A quick google search will uncover an entire world of dahl, I have made many different and more traditional versions, but this one with added mushrooms and red kidney beans remains my favourite. I usually cook this once a week over the cooler months. We eat half and either freeze the other half for a second meal later in the week or keep in the fridge for lunches.

Here goes!

Lentil Dahl

375g red lentils – boil in water until soft and soupy

In another pan fry in some coconut oil (or oil of choice):

+ 1 onion

+ 1-2 cups of mushrooms

+ 5 cloves of garlic (or whatever you like)

+ 2 chillies (I leave this out if it’s for the kids too)

Then add in:

+ 400g tin of crushed tomatoes

+ 400g tin of rinsed red kidney beans (you can also leave these out if you don’t have any on hand)

+ 3 tablespoons of poppy seeds

+ 1/2 cup of desiccated coconut

+ 3 tablespoons of tamari (or soy sauce)

+ Spices: garum masala, cumin, ground coriander seeds, paprika, cayenne, etc.

Now add the mushy lentils and stir through a 400g tin of coconut cream.

This is best made up as you go along, play with the recipe and change it up as you see fit! I know I have!

Serve with rice, hommus, mango chutney, avocado, garlic naan, whatever you like!!

Enjoy and have a fabulous weekend x



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  3. Alex August 23, 2018

    Had no idea what to make for tea, cupboards fairly bare then thought…I have mushrooms, lentils, one onion and luckily a cupboard with rest of ingredients (except poppy seeds as had to throw those out a week ago thanks to cheeky bugs!) for you delish dahl…crisis solved! Boys weren’t as impressed but Hazel and I loved it! And there’s enough to freeze to avoid “dinner crisis” next couple of weeks!


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