Warming Dhal Recipe

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Now that winter is drawing near (well for us over in the Southern hemisphere) it is that time when warming foods such as Dhal are a must! For those not familiar with it, Dhal is a very tasty Indian dish of lentils and spices. It is a nutritious and flavoursome dish that provides a good source of protein, fibre, vitamins & minerals. It is very easy and cheap to make which is why it is a staple food over in India. It freezes well too so make sure that you make a big batch – that way you can whip out a portion when you need it!

There are many different ways to make it but here’s my favourite Dhal recipe.


  • 1 cup (210g) red lentils, rinsed well
  • 3cm fresh ginger, sliced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 tbs (40g) organic butter or coconut oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp garam marsala (mix of Indian spices)
  • 1/2 tsp chilli flakes
  • 2 tbs lemon juice
  • Few pinches of sea salt
  • 1 tbs chopped coriander leaves to garnish
  • Baby spinach to serve

Cooking Method

  • Place lentils, ginger, bay leaves and cinnamon in a large saucepan with 3 cups of cold water. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat to medium and simmer, stirring to prevent sticking for 10-12 minutes. Discard spices and set aside.
  • Heat the butter or coconut oil in a large frying pan over a medium high heat. Add the onion and cook for 3 minutes.
  • Stir in the garlic, turmeric, cumin, garam marsala and chilli flakes and cook for a further minute or until fragrant.
  • Stir in the lemon juice and season to taste with salt.
  • Add the lentils to the pan and mix well. Cook for a further 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat.
  • Garnish with coriander and serve on a bed of baby spinach.

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Michelle is a qualified Naturopath, Nutritionist, Reflexologist and Reiki practitioner who is passionate about living a holistic lifestyle and helping others to achieve their health goals. She is also a Jungle Body Dance Fitness Instructor, which not only keeps her fit but also helps her to inspire others to feel confident and get in shape.

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