This easy recipe uses authentic ground spices which you can buy from the supermarket.  Dried lentils are a cheap and easy way to have a protein-rich, healthy vegetarian meal. Serve with boiled brown or basmati rice.

Serves one

Ingredients

Spray oil
½ onion, finely chopped
½ tsp crushed garlic
½ tsp crushed ginger
100g canned chopped tomatoes
¼-½ teaspoon red chilli powder
Pinch ground garam masala
¼ teaspoon ground coriander
Pinch turmeric
50g dried red lentils
100ml – 150ml hot water
Salt, to taste
Juice of ½ fresh lime
1 spring onion, green stems only, chopped
1 tbsp roughly chopped coriander leaves and stems

Method:
1. Heat a non-stick pan with a lid and add 10 sprays of oil. Gently stir fry the onion, garlic and ginger in the oil, adding a few tablespoons of hot water is a mixture begins to stick to the bottom.

2. Stir in the tomatoes and ground spices. Simmer for about 2-3 minutes.

3. Add the lentils and 100ml hot water. Cover and simmer over a medium heat for about 15 minutes until the dahl is cooked but not mushy. Add a little more hot water if you prefer more sauce.

4. To serve, stir in the salt, lime juice, spring onion and coriander leaves. Taste and adjust the seasoning and chilli as desired.

Page last reviewed on 22/04/2014

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