Lentils are no longer confined to the south Asian countries and Indian subcontinent, because of their capacity to be integrated into modern dishes and to be used in a variety of clever ways. One of my favorite pulses are red split lentils; not only are they delicious when used right, they are low in calories, high in iron and fiber, and contain a lot of protein.
Here’s one to fill up on by itself, to compliment a mid-week workout, or to get slightly cheekier with at the weekends when accompanied by naan bread, or one to drizzle over some fluffy rice and share with your friends during a Sunday evening dinner date.
Dahl – especially red lentil Dahl – is one of my favorite dishes to make. The red lentils transform very well into a versatile, filling texture that can be used in many ways. I make this dish very often without tiring of it and I’m very excited to share it with you all.
The recipe serves 5 and is:
V – vegan
D – dairy free
- Chickpeas, 400 g tin
- Red lentils, 500 g
- Onion, x2
- Baby tomatoes, handful/ ~130 g
- Garlic cloves, x3
- Sweet potato, x3 medium size
- Coconut milk, 1 tin
- Cumin, x3 tblspns
- Garam masala, x2 tblspns
- Turmeric, x2 tblspns
- Chilli flakes, x1 tblspns
- Lime, x1/2
- Bay leaves (optional for a more authentic taste), x4
- Salt & pepper
- Parsley (a few sprigs to garnish)
- Water fry the onions and garlic over medium heat for a couple of minutes before stirring in the cumin, garam masala, turmeric and chilli flakes.
- Add the tomatoes and sweet potato along with a splash more water and mix everything well.
- Add the chickpeas (with the original juice from the can) and the coconut milk, stirring everything well.
- Add the bay leaves (if using) along with the chickpeas after running water over them using a sieve. Stir everything well and add more water until it is an inch above the level of the contents.
- Leave to cook over medium heat for 35 mins, or until the sweet potato and lentils have softened.
- Squeeze on the juice of half a lime. Salt and pepper to taste.
- Let me know how it goes! 😉