Red lentil and vegetable dhal

    Red lentil and vegetable dhal


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    About this recipe: A dhal is a dish of simmered lentils flavoured with aromatic spices and usually served as a sauce. But add extra vegetables and it becomes a light and easy vegetarian meal that's low in fat. Serve it with a selection of Indian-style breads and natural yogurt or raita.

    Serves: 4 

    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 2 large garlic cloves, crushed
    • 1 green chilli, deseeded and chopped
    • 1 carrot, peeled and grated
    • 1 brinjal, chopped
    • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    • 2 tablespoons water
    • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1 teaspoon mild curry powder
    • 2 teaspoons black mustard seeds
    • 150 g split red lentils
    • 800 ml diluted salt-reduced or homemade vegetable stock (recipes on this website), hot
    • 1 zucchini, halved and sliced
    • 1 large tomato, chopped
    • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:45min 

    1. Put the onion, garlic, chilli, carrot and brinjal into a flameproof casserole dish or large saucepan and stir in the oil and water. Heat until it starts to sizzle, then cover and cook gently for about 5 minutes until softened.
    2. Uncover and stir in the spices. Cook for 1 minute, then stir in the lentils and stock. Bring to the boil, then add the zucchini and tomato.
    3. Cover and simmer gently for 15 minutes, then uncover for a further 5 minutes, by which time the lentils should have burst open and thickened the liquid. Serve garnished with roughly chopped fresh coriander.
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    the most yummiest Dhal and soooo easy  -  31 Jul 2012  (Review from Allrecipes AU | NZ)


    I loved this! I dont usually like indian, but i loved this!!  -  18 Oct 2010  (Review from Allrecipes AU | NZ)


    Made this for a recent family gathering. Wanted them to know that vegetarian food can be delicious and inexpensive. It was a hit. Making it again this week. Best ever dhal I've made. Didn't have eggplant $10kg - so put in zucchini instead.  -  12 Aug 2015  (Review from Allrecipes AU | NZ)

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