Lentils are wonderful source of protein, minerals and fiber. They can made into complete meals, or side dishes, vegetarian or otherwise.
A Persian-Indian dish with freshly ground spices that makes it fabulously fragrant, while green lentils give texture and substance. Serve with natural yoghurt and saffron rice.
This hearty dish is similar to an Indian dalcha but less complicated and can be eaten with good crusty bread or even naan.
This tasty vegetarian curry combines lentils and mixed beans with fresh spinach, curry spices, yoghurt and tomatoes.
This is truly a vegetarian comfort food. Add the coconut milk towards the end of cooking and this dish freezes well too.
Nourishing lentils are combined with warm spices and rich coconut milk to create an intoxicatingly delicious dish.
I actually learned this in the kitchen of a seasoned Indian homecook! It's a traditional fragrant dish with yellow lentils (toor dhal), ginger, chilli, tomatoes, cumin and garlic. You can also use yellow split peas (moong dal).
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.
A hearty slow cooker meal that is simple to make and satisfying to eat, especially on a chilly day! Top each bowl with some grated Parmesan and serve with warm, crusty bread, if desired.
This Persian-style lamb shanks makes a hearty meal with lentils, mixed vegetables and figs. Roasting lamb shanks before slowly braising them removes much of the fat and gives a wonderfully deeper flavour.
Masoor dhal refers to red lentils. This warming and fragrant soup can be enjoyed as part of a meal, or on its own with rice or naan.