Dahl is a porridge lover’s dream – it’s the savoury version of a hug in a bowl. This one is simple and foolproof but has so much flavour.
Gluten-free (if using GF stock), dairy-free & vegan. Serves 4
350g dry red split lentils
3 cloves garlic
20g fresh ginger
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp garam masala
½ tsp smoked paprika
350ml vegetable stock
½ tin coconut milk (200ml)
30g kale or spinach
1. Rinse and drain the lentils.
2. Dice the onion, mince the garlic and peel and grate the ginger. Chop the cauliflower into small florets.
3. Add the coconut oil to a medium saucepan on medium heat, then add the onion. Cook for about 5 minutes.
4. Add the garlic, ginger and spices and cook for another two minutes, stirring regularly.
5. Now add in the cauliflower and cook for a few minutes.
6. Add in the lentils and cover with the stock and water. Bring it to a boil, then turn down the heat a little and let simmer for about 20 minutes.
7. Stir in half a tin of coconut milk and let it simmer for another few minutes, until most of the liquid is absorbed and you have a porridge-like consistency. For the last two minutes, add in a large handful of kale or spinach.
Quest for fluffy quinoa
Dahl is gorgeous on its own or with some rice or quinoa for soakage. That being said, there’s nothing worse than bitter, stodgy quinoa so I thought I’d give you a quick reminder of how I cook mine. This is my foolproof way to cook fluffy, delicious quinoa every time: always use two parts stock to one part quinoa. Stock transforms the flavour and gets rid of any bitterness and using that ratio will give you the perfect amount of liquid for fluffy quinoa every time. There shouldn’t be any need for draining, simply simmer it on medium heat with the lid on until all of the stock has evaporated, then take it off the heat. Leave it to steam with the lid on for about five minutes, then fluff it with a fork before serving.
Ginger has the most amazing flavour and adds such warmth to dishes like this. When it’s sold loose (yay, plastic free!) you can choose a piece the right size but, more often than not, it’s bagged up in supermarkets and there’s more than you need in each packet. If you have any leftover, peel it all, chop it into thumbsize portions and pop it in the freezer. You can grate it straight into the pot from frozen. I love this tip because nothing goes to waste – you’ll always have some ginger when you need it and it’ll save you time without needing to peel.
Who’s for leftovers?
If you have any leftovers you’ll notice that the dahl will thicken as it cools. Once it’s reheated again it will loosen up a little and it freezes surprisingly well. Reheat it in a pot over medium heat, stirring every so often.
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