{RECIPE} Really Easy Dhal

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Summer is over and the misty mornings and cool evenings are starting to arrive. One of the best ways to warm up is with comfort food. Dhal is one of my favourite dishes, but one I never had until 2 years ago. Boy was I missing out! 

I’ve tried many dhal recipes and have finally created my own one that I love! I will use no other!
Even Olivia loves my dhal. She eats it straight off the spoon from the saucepan (it’s okay, I’ve taught her to blow on food to cool it down). I would eat this every day if I could. In fact, I’m eating a bowl of it right now for lunch while I type this post. I swear, look:
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She can eat as much as she wants, because this dish has many health benefits. Lentils are great for vegans and vegetarians and contain more folate (an important B vitamin) than any other unfortified plant food. Spices are beneficial as well, with tumeric being well known for it’s cancer-fighting properties.
As a mum I don’t want to spend an hour in the kitchen getting dinner ready which is one reason why I love this recipe. It’s so simple and so easy. If you were really lazy, you could replace the fresh tomatoes with tinned (but come on, you know fresh is best!).

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REALLY EASY DHAL
(Serves 2)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 large tomato, chopped (about 200g)
  • 1 cup dried red lentils
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp tumeric
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tbs coconut milk
  • 1 tbs lemon juice
Combine everything but the coconut milk and lemon juice in a medium saucepan. Give it a stir and pop the lid on and bring it to the boil. 
Reduce the heat to low-medium and let it simmer away uncovered for 20 minutes (until lentils are thick and soft), giving it a stir every now and then. 
Add the coconut milk and lemon juice, stir it through and remove the pot from the heat. And that’s it, seriously.
Serve garnished with coriander on a bed of rice.
How easy was that?! If you like a bit of spice, feel free to add more curry powder or add some chilli powder. I’m a wussy and the above amounts are just perfect for me.
Do you like dhal? I want to know, can you handle the spice?!
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