Dal, Daal, Dhal, or Dahl

There are four ways to spell dal, and hundreds of ways to make it.

This is my favourite recipe because it’s thick, addictive and salty, quick and easy to make, requires very few ingredients and costs 90¢ a bowl. My recipe is free of garlic and onion.


2 teaspoons coriander
2 teaspoons turmeric
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1 & ½ cups red lentils
5 cups of water
½ tin of coconut cream
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
Chilli (optional)
Fresh coriander (optional)
Fresh bread


Combine coriander, turmeric, cumin, salt, red lentils and water and boil, once boiling simmer for 30 minutes. Once cooked add coconut cream and cinammon.

Serve as hot soup, with a swirl of coconut cream, and a sprinkling of salt and pepper (add chili if you like a kick). Enjoy with fresh, crusty bread drizzled in oil. Garnish with fresh, chopped coriander.

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