Lentil dahl with spiced onions

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Lentil dahl with spiced onions
Lentil dahl with spiced onions
Servings:Serves 4
Ready in:1 hour 15 minutes
Prep. time:15 minutes
Cook time:1 hour
Difficulty:Average difficulty

A spicy daal recipe from British Onions


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  1. Pour the water into a medium saucepan, add the chopped onion, ginger, turmeric and cumin seeds then add the tomatoes and bring to the boil.
  2. Put the lentils into a sieve, rinse with cold water, drain and then add to the saucepan with plenty of salt and pepper.
  3. Bring back to the boil then simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring from time to time until the lentils are soft.
  4. About 10 minutes before you are ready to serve, make the topping by heating the oil in a frying pan, add the onions and fry gently for 5 minutes until softened.
  5. Add the garlic, if using, the seeds and spices and fry for 3-4 minutes more, stirring until browned.
  6. Spoon the lentils into bowls, top with spoonfuls of yogurt, the onion mixture and torn coriander leaves to garnish. Serve with warmed naan bread or chapattis.


If you are on a diet then fry the onions for the topping in a pan with spray oil to reduce the calories even more.

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