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Spiced chana dhal

Super easy, super tasty and bursting with fibre, a bowl of this will warm you on a chilly day.

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Spiced chana dhal

Super easy, super tasty and bursting with fibre, a bowl of this will warm you on a chilly day.
Total Time2 hours 30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Bengalese, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 203kcal

Ingredients

  • 150 g chana dhal
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 green finger chilli slit lengthways
  • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 pinch asafoetida
  • 2 green cardamoms slightly crushed
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/4 tsp onion seeds
  • 2 medium dried red chillis stalks removed
  • 1 tsp ground cumin

Instructions

  • Wash the chana dhal under cold running water and drain through a sieve, then soak in 400ml cold water for 2 hours.
  • In a medium saucepan, place the drained lentils, 250ml boiling water, turmeric and green chilli.
  • Simmer gently for 15-20 minutes or until the lentils are tender. Discard the green chilli and purée half the lentils in a blender until smooth.
  • Heat the oil in a fry pan and add the bay leaf, asafoetida, cardamoms, cinnamon sticks, onion seeds, whole red chillies and cumin and stir until aromas are released. 
  • Add the lentils, stir and simmer for 5 minutes. Serve warm in bowls and tuck in. 

Notes

Tweaks and tips: You can use Bengal gram instead of chana dhal if you have it. 

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