Simple Supper: My Mum’s Dhal

Lentils are a super source of protein for vegans. I’m sure we’ve all heard the “but where do you get your protein?!” from and – whilst the answer is: “Many, many places”, lentils are one of the best ways!

Dhal (also spelt Dal, Daal, Dahl, however you want) is a super easy and tasty way to prepare lentils. This is my Mum’s recipe and cooks up in just 20 minutes or so to make a warm and cozy dinner. Serve it with pitta bread, chapati, or on top of rice.

Mum's Dhal


  • 200g red lentils
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 chilli, chopped
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp ground coriander,
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala


  1. In a saucepan, fry the onion, garlic, and chilli until softened.
  2. Stir through the spices and fry for another couple of minutes.
  3. Stir through the lentils, and pour over water until it is about 2cm over the lentils.
  4. Simmer the mixture for 15 minutes or until the water is all absorbed and the lentils are soft.

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