Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Curry of the Week - Delicious Dahl

This recipe is so easy to make and is cheap, filling, comforting and oh so tasty.

I makes a big batch and you can freeze leftovers. The below recipe makes a spicy dahl so you can cut the chilli back or leave it out altogether.  Serve as a side dish or as a main course, or even as a spread on bread.
The dry ingredients, ginger and garlic
This recipe is made with two sets of ingredients, the main ingredients and a spice mix.

375gm Red Lentils                           5 cup Water
1 large Onions diced                        4 cloves of Garlic crushed
2 tsp each of Ground Turmeric, ground coriander, and ground cumin
40gm grated Ginger                         2 tsp chilli flakes

Spice Mix

2 Tbs Vegetable oil                         2 tsp Mustard Seeds
2 tsp Fennel Seeds                           2 tsp Fenugreek seeds
2 tsp Cumin Seeds                        2 tsp Salt
2 tsp Sugar                                      4 Tbs Lemon Juice

Wash and drain the lentils then add the rest of the the first set of ingredients.  Cook for 20 mins until lentils are mushy.
While the lentils cook, heat the oil in a small pan and fry the seeds of the spice mix until just fragrant.  Remove from the heat and add the salt, sugar and lemon juice.
When the lentils are nearly cooked add the spice mix and cook a further 5 mins.

The mix will thicken as it cools and can be kept for 4 days in the fridge.

Water added and onto cook

The finished product
A final word of warning.  The recipe contains turmeric which will stain everything it comes in contact with so wipe up any spills or splashes asap and cook in a stainless steel pot.


  1. This looks like a hearty mix Fiona. I love dahl, but it's one of those things I never think to make myself. Maybe I will now, it looks like a great recipe. cheers Wendy

    1. Wendy this is so easy you really should give it a go.

  2. I love making a big pot of dahl and then freezing small containers - makes great lunches. I bet your recipe would freeze well too.

    1. Yep it freezes well which suits the 2 of us otherwise we have to eat it for a week.

  3. I love Dahl. Especially at this time of year. I's also good cold with salad stuff in a wrap the next day.

    1. VG yes it makes a great spread and is super warming on a cold winter night

  4. I love, love, love curry!


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