Dahl is the meal I cook towards the end of the week once we’ve devoured the contents of our weekly vege box*. It’s so simple that I always have the ingredients in my pantry no matter how bare it looks. All you need is lentils, onions, garlic, ginger root, a little oil and a few spices. Combine these with natural yoghurt and some rice and you have a frugal, easy, healthy meal.
I usually cook a double batch and put a few lunch serves in the freezer ready to take to work.
It's also one of Little Eco's favorite meals. I stir a little yoghurt through hers to reduce the spiciness.
Like the Lentil Loaf recipe I shared a while ago, this recipe is from my all-time-favourite vegetarian cookbook: Alison Holst's Meals Without Meat. I swear I’d grab this book if I had to flee my burning house.**
1 cup red lentils
3 cups water
2 Tbsp oil
2 onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic
2 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp ground tumeric
2 tsp grated root ginger
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp salt
Boil lentils in water until tender and mushy (around 30 minutes). In another pan heat oil and cook next 5 ingredients until onion is tender. Stir in garam masala and salt and remove from heat. Add onion mixture to the cooked lentils, and simmer together for five minutes, boiling fast if mixture needs thickening, or adding more water if it's too thick.
Serve on a bed of rice and top with plain yoghurt.
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*I’m not suggesting we manage to do that regularly. Anyone else find their vege box subscription helps them track how healthily you’ve been eating?. Like this week. The night before our next vege box was due I found that we had hardly touched the veges from the previous box. What have we been eating? Did we just go a whole week eating hardly any veges?