This is a super easy recipe that is cheap and filling.
The ingredients below form the basis of any Dahl that you wish to make.
You can add to it, spice it up and generally make it your own through trial and error!
200g red lentils, rinsed & drained
2 onions, diced
1 teaspoon olive oil
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled & grated
1/2 green chilli, seeds removed & finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 x 400ml tin chopped tomatoes
1 x 400ml tin coconut milk
500ml vegetable stock
Seasoning to taste
1. Heat the oil in a large pan over a medium heat. Add the onion and cook gently for 5 minutes. Add the garlic, ginger, red chilli and cumin and cook for a few minutes.
2. Add the lentils, tomatoes,coconut milk and stock and stir to combine all together. Season to
taste and cook on a low heat for 25 - 30 minutes until reduced and thick.
If you are feeling a bit more ambitious then you can get a pestle and mortar and combine the cumin seeds with 1/2 teaspoon each of coriander seeds, mustard seeds, 2 teaspoons of ground turmeric and 1 teaspoon of garam masala and add these to the onion mix as above.
The dish can be finished with a squeeze of lemon juice and some spinach stirred in.
Or when in season I love to steam some asparagus and lay it on top of the Dahl just before serving.
Can be eaten on it's own or with rice, naan bread or poppadoms.