Winter Vegetable & Lentil Dhal

June 6, 2019
Posted in Recipes
June 6, 2019 Kate Morland

A warming, hearty dish full of flavour…

I am a huge advocate for recipes like this dhal that are versatile and have the ability to be made mild for the kids and then with a tweak of spices and toppings can be made adult friendly. This dhal is super easy, tasty and even our 4 kids under 7 enjoy it by the bowlful. This was a no-fuss meal put together quickly…just the way we roll.


  • 1 Onion finely chopped
  • 2 clove/tsp Garlic
  • 1 Tbsp ginger
  • 2 Tbsp Oil
  • 1 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 carrot finely chopped or grated
  • 1 cup chopped Cauliflower or potato if you don’t have
  • 1 cup red lentils*
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2-1 tsp salt (gradually season and taste)
  • 1/2 can Coconut cream


  1. In a saucepan heat oil, fry off onion, garlic and ginger until soft.
  2. Add spices and cook for 1-2 mins stirring so they don’t burn.
  3. Add cauli, carrots, tomatoes, lentils, water, and coconut cream and continue to cook for a further 15mins until cauli and lentils are soft to bite, and liquid has absorbed. (Yellow lentils take longer than red)
  4. Add salt to season. Lastly stir through coconut cream.
  5. Serve with rice or mash or even chapatis as instructed below.

Top with a drizzle of yoghurt and seeds or get adventurous with diced jalapenos, fresh tomatoes and even some creamy feta. Random but works.

*You can substitute red lentils for yellow lentils + 3 cups water which take at least double the time to cook but are creamy and delicious. Or use 1 can lentils for instant option, but they will not cream up as well)

Serve with homemade Wholemeal Yoghurt Chapatis

Serves 4-6
• 1 cup wholemeal flour
• ½ cup natural yoghurt
• 1 tsp baking powder
• Pinch salt

Mix all ingredients with a fork. Roll out until thin and slice into pieces to cook. Cook each side on a frying pan with a little oil until browned.

Serve with soups or use as a pizza base. Optional step…but highly recommended!

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