Superfood Siobhan

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Easy Lentil Dahl

By Monday, May 05, 2014 , , , , ,

This literally took me about 30 minutes to whip up and it was so tasty and warming. Whilst you're cooking, put some brown rice on to boil and before you know it you'll have a tasty meal ready to go. It tastes even better as leftovers too- I love eating mine with some quick buckwheat naan bread or even better- reheated and out into a wrap with baby spinach. So satisfying and so quick and easy too.

Lentil dahls are fantastic because the lentils are such a great source of iron and protein in a plant based diet, and not only that, the fibre is great for your digestive health and is really filling and satisfying too. Lentils really are an amazing addition to your diet! Plus the spices are packed full of flavour and really warm you up on a cold winter's night. This is also perfect to make for a vegetarian/vegan option for any dinner guests you have, because everyone will be guaranteed tempted to try it when they notice how good it smells!

Serves 3-4

1 cup red split lentils

1 tbsp coconut oil
1 onion, chopped
1/4 cup fresh coriander
2 tbsp cumin
2 tbsp coriander
2 tbsp garam masala

1 clove of garlic
2 large tomatoes
1 inch cube of fresh ginger
1/4 fresh chilli or 1 small dried chilli

Put the red split lentils into a small saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil, then simmer for around 15-20 minutes. Meanwhile, combine the garlic, tomatoes and ginger in a food processor to make a thin paste then set aside. Heat the coconut oil and add the onion and spices and cook over a low heat until the onion is soft and the spices are fragrant. Stir in the chilli/ginger/garlic paste and the cooked lentils and add the fresh coriander, then simmer for 5-10 minutes until thick and well combined. If you wish you can also stir in a few tbsps of coconut cream at the end to make it creamier/milder.

Serve with brown rice and your choice of sides.

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  1. Hi Siobhan~ this is off topic but what do you think of tofu? I’m confused because some say it’s good to eat tofu, some says to stay away from it because of the GMO soy issue. Perhaps I should just stick to tempeh for my soy intakes.

    1. I stick to organic tofu- that way I avoid the GMO soy issue. I personally think soy is okay in moderation, I only eat it 2x a week at most thugh :)

  2. this looks delicious! just a question - you mention buckwheat naan bread, do you make that yourself? if so, could i please know the recipe? thankyou :)

    1. I do make it! I don't measure, it's just flour and water and a drizzle of olive oil! There might be some proper recipes online? :)

    2. thankyou! and do you just cook the mixture like you would a pancake in a pan? ps i'm loving the new blog layout :)

  3. can i sub other spices for garam masala??

    1. Just leave it out if you don't have it :)