Dhal is a pretty common dish and there are lots of recipes out there. How is this red lentil dhal different? Well, to start with, it’s got no oil in it. So it’s low fat.
Also, it uses only red lentils, making it quick to cook. Red lentils are one of the few legumes that don’t require any soaking and they’re quick to cook. Many other dhal recipes use yellow split peas, which require soaking or a much longer cooking time.
I have been making red lentil dhal for years, and I’ve been tweaking it over time until I have a version that I love. I have adjusted the spices to make this dish delicious, but not overpowering or spicy hot. My kids happily eat this red lentil dhal.
- 1 brown onion
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger (or 1 teaspoon dried ground ginger)
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
- ½ teaspoon garam masala
- 3 ¼ cups (810ml) salt reduced vegetable stock (or water)
- 1 ½ cups (300g) dried red lentils
- Salt, to taste (if not using vegetable stock)
- ½ cup chopped fresh coriander (cilantro), to serve
- Finely dice onion and crush the garlic. Place in a large saucepan with two tablespoons of water. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes or until onion is tender. Add a tablespoon of water at a time as the water evaporates to keep the onion from sticking.
- Add dried spices and cook for 2 minutes.
- Add stock (or water) and red lentils. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low. Simmer, covered, stirring regularly, for 15-20 minutes, until lentils are soft and the dhal is thick. Add salt to taste (if using).
- Serve with cooked brown rice and fresh coriander.
You can add some veggies to your dhal during cooking - diced carrots, finely diced celery, baby spinach. (Add the baby spinach at the end of cooking time).
- Place the onion, ginger and garlic into the Thermomix bowl. Chop 3 seconds/speed 6. Add 2 tablespoons water and cook 5 minutes/100oC/speed 1.
- Add spices and two tablespoons water cook 2 minutes/100oC/speed 1.
- Add red lentils, vegetable stock (or water) and salt (if using) and cook 20 minutes/100oC/reverse/speed 1.5/.
- Serve warm with cooked brown rice and garnished with fresh coriander.