Veggie and Lentil Dahl


Dahl is the ultimate dish, its flavoursome, quick and cheap to make and requires minimal effort. Don’t be too intimidated by the seemingly long list of ingredients, you can use whatever spices you happen to have in the cupboard and use up whatever veggies you have sitting in the fridge. I have jazzed mine up a little here using pumpkin, kale, quinoa and fresh turmeric but its all open to interpretation. If you like chilli, add more chilli, add whatever else you like. All you need is some onion, lentils, tinned tomatoes and inspiration.

Sorry about the lack of good photos of this dish but the taste makes up for it I promise!

Whats good about it: lentils and quinoa are both great source of fibre and plant based protein. Tomatoes contain high levels of antioxidants, ginger can help digestion and turmeric can decrease inflammation and may reduce risk of cancer. This dish is low in fat, high in nutrients and gluten free as well as vegan and vegetarian friendly.

Veggie and Lentil Dahl
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4-6 serves
  • Easy quinoa, lentil and veggie dhal
  • Gabby O'Dea 6:11 PM Keep this message at the top of your inbox
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  • Easy quinoa, lentil and veggie dhal
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2tsp oil
  • 1tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 2tsp fresh turmeric, grated (or use dried)
  • 1tsp ground coriander seed
  • 2tsp ground cumin
  • ½ cup quinoa, washed and rinsed
  • ⅔ cup red lentils
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 2½ cups water
  • 2tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1cup chopped cauliflower
  • 1½ cups chopped pumpkin
  • ½ bunch kale, chopped
  • coriander, to serve
  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan and add the onion.
  2. Fry until softened and then add spices.
  3. Combine remaining ingredients except for kale and bring to the boil.
  4. Turn down heat to a simmer and cover with a lid.
  5. Simmer for 15-20mins, stirring occasionally until the lentils and quinoa are cooked (you might need to add a little more water).
  6. Add the kale and stir through ½ bunch fresh coriander.
  7. Enjoy
Can substitute quinoa for more lentils or 1 tin rinsed and drained kidney beans.
Can substitute fresh ginger and turmeric for dried (use half amount)



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