Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Creamy Spiced Dahl

An easy, but really tasty- and not to mention filling, vegan meal! I was pleasantly surprised whenever this was ready, and it came out much more creamier than I had expected it to be, hence the name I suppose, hehe. This might just become a regular in the flat!

Creamy Spiced Dahl
(Serves 2, about 540 calories each)

2 tbsp mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin or cumin seeds
1 tsp olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
3-4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2.5 cm fresh ginger, grated
7 cardamom pods
200g red lentils
400ml reduced fat coconut milk
1 tbsp black pepper
1 tsp salt

- Start by gently frying the mustard seeds in a medium sized pot, then pour into a small bowl and set aside.

- In the same pot, heat a small dash of olive oil, and add the onion, garlic, ginger and cardamom pods. Stir frequently on low heat for 5-10 minutes, add water if it looks like it#ll get burnt or catch the bottom.

- Now, stir in the lentils, seeds and spices. Wait a few minutes before adding 200-300ml boiling water and the coconut milk. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for about 40 minutes, stirring occasionally, If it gets a little too dry, add a little more water. The texture should be almost like thick porridge.

- Season to taste and serve with naan, flatbread, or simply on it's own, brilliant!

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- Jules


  1. This was bloody awesome when I made it, I subbed cumin seeds for 2 tbs of ground cumin which I added to the onion when frying then along with a healthy sprinkling of garlic pepper instead of the cloves. No ginger or cardamon either as i couldn't get my hands on them at the short notice I decided to make this.

    I'd never even eaten a lentil before I made this and all I can say is I will now be persuaded to eat a lot more of them!

    1. Hey! I am so glad you enjoyed the recipe! I was really surprised at how creamy the dish turned out. Garlic is always a great addition to anything, so I imagine garlic pepper was even better!
      In Norway, lentils doesn't seem to be a very popular ingredient, for reasons unknown to me. It was only when I moved to Scotland I really got my eyes up for it, when I tried a lovely cup of lentil soup from a canteen at work, so good :D

  2. Yea I did not expect it to be so smooth!! My mind was blown when the lentils turned into a paste type thing. I am easily impressed though :P