Monday 26 November 2012

tomato and coconut lentil dhal curry

Recipe:  tomato and coconut lentil dhal curry



This is a healthy, comforting dish that you just know is doing you good when you eat it .  Flavoured with immune boosting ginger, garlic and chilli this curry is great for a cold winter evening.  Inspired by an Indian dhal (also spelt dal, daal, dahl) a lentil stew which is a staple of the Indian diet.  Packed with protein - this makes a great vegetarian main dish. 

I love curries and chilli and get a bit distracted if I don't get my daily chilli fix in at least one of my meals.  I have heard there is such a thing as chilli addiction.......
You can obviously add more or less chillies depending on their strength and your preference. 

preparation time:  10 minutes
cooking time:  1 hour
serves 4
author:  chip butties and noodle soup


2 cup green lentils (or lentil of choice - but remember to follow your packet cooking instructions as it may be different from mine)
2 tin chopped tomatoes
6 tbs dessicated coconut
1 chopped onion
2 tsp fennel seed
2 tsp coriander seed
2 tsp cumin seed
2 tsp mustard seed
2 tsp turmeric
2 bay leaves
4-5 cloves garlic crushed
4-5 chillies
3 inches grated ginger
1 tbs oil
1 litre boiling water or veg stock
salt and pepper to taste

  • wash lentils thoroughly in cold water then add to a pan with cold water and the turmeric and boil uncovered for 15 minutes
  • while this is happening add the oil to another pan and when hot add the chopped onion.  Fry until golden brown and caramelised. 
  • when the onions are browned add the spice seeds and bay leaves and fry for a few minutes to release the flavour.

  • then add the ginger, garlic and chillies and continue to fry for a few minutes before adding the  tomatoes and dessicated coconut.

  • stir this together and top up with about 1 litre of boiling water or stock
  • simmer for about an hour - until the lentils are soft.

  • add salt and pepper to taste
  • this can be served with rice, flat bread or potatoes.  I served this with simple boiled white rice and my za'atar roast potatoes

I have just updated this from an earlier post as a recipe to be shared as part of The Ordinary Cook's food poverty challenge for May 2013.  The aim is to create a family meal for 4 for less than £3.   This recipe comes in on budget and is really healthy and tasty too. 

The Ordinary Cook Food Poverty Challenge
For more information about food poverty and current initiatives to raise awareness check out live below the line and

I hope you enjoy the recipe and let me know how you get on...

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