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Home made Dhal Recipe.

Updated: Aug 7, 2022

Delicious, warm, nourishing and easily digestible.

I have personally made this recipe for years and I still love making it, and most of all

I absolutely love eating it. Each time I slightly vary the ingredients, just to mix it up a little. I may leave out the extra beans or chick peas and just make a plain version, at other times I find myself excited to add them into the mix. Sometimes I will also add spinach or kale.


  • 3 cups red lentils

  • 8 cups water

  • 2 carrots

  • 2 zucchini

  • 2 cups pumpkin

  • 1 tomato

  • 1 eschalot or 1/4 leek

  • 1 lime

  • fresh coriander

  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil

  • 4 bay leaves

  • 4-5 fresh curry leaves

  • 2 teaspoons garam masala

  • 2 teaspoons coriander

  • 2 teaspoons cumin

  • 2 1/2 teaspoons brown mustard seeds

  • 3 teaspoons turmeric fresh or dried

  • pepper & Himalayan sea salt to taste

  • Optional 1 can organic black beans or 1 can organic chick peas

  • Feel free to add more or less spices and vegetables to suit your taste

Preparation and Cooking Directions

  1. Boil water in a large pot add bay leaves and curry leaves.

  2. Dice carrots, zucchini and pumpkin into small pieces and add to the boiling water.

  3. In a separate saucepan add finely chopped eschalot or leek and coconut oil , lightly fry, don't let it get too hot, then add the mustard seeds. When the eschalot or leek are soft add garam masala, coriander, cumin and turmeric along with pepper and salt. Allow it all to caramelize together whilst stirring continuously, then turn the heat off.

  4. Rinse red lentils then add to the large pot with vegetables.

  5. Add smaller saucepan contents to the larger pot and bring it to a boil, then simmer gently.

  6. Add finely diced tomato.

  7. Now add the black beans or chick peas if you are using them.

  8. Continue to simmer for an hour or two.

Serve with fresh coriander and a squeeze of fresh lime.

I also like to serve a slice or two of toasted sourdough bread with avocado.


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