Nourishing (Family Friendly) Dhal
Dalh is the ultimate healthy comfort food. It’s budget friendly and with zero ‘heat’ in this recipe, it can be enjoyed together by the whole family.
  • CourseDinner
Servings Prep Time
6 15minutes
Cook Time
Servings Prep Time
6 15minutes
Cook Time
  • 1 1/2cups dried red lentils
  • 1large onion chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2tbsp fresh ginger root, grated
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 1large carrot chopped
  • 4medium tomatoes, chopped (optional)
  • 1/2 cauliflower, chopped small
  • 1medium sweet potato, chopped small
  • 1/2bunch coriander, roots and leaves chopped separately
  • 1litre water, vegetable stock or chicken bone broth
  • 1tsp salt and fresh pepper
  • 1tbsp coconut oil or olive oil
  • 1tbsp ground cumin seed
  • 1tbsp ground coriander seed
  • 1tbsp ground turmeric
  • 1tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/2 ground fennel seeds
  1. Rinse dried lentils in a sieve and then soak in water ideally for a couple of hours. Then drain before using. Skip this step if you don’t have time.
  2. Warm up some oil into a large pot. Add onion, garlic and ginger and stir until soft.
  3. Add dry spices and seasoning and heat until mixed and aromatic (around a minute).
  4. While that’s cooking chop the carrot and celery and add to the pot. Give it a quick mix through.
  5. Stir in drained lentils, stock, coriander stems and remaining vegetables and give it a stir. Bring to a gentle boil; reduce heat on the lowest setting and cook for 2 – 4 hours. The longer the tastier!
  6. If your children don’t like soft lumps of vegetables use a hand blender to smooth out the consistency like I have in the photo.
  7. To serve, sprinkle fresh coriander over the top and ladle some steaming Dahl over spinach leaves for a light meal in a bowl. Add rice or quinoa for something heartier.
Recipe Notes

Dairy free, soy free, corn free, gluten free, wheat free, grain free, peanut free, nut free, egg free. Vegetarian and vegan.