Swede and Yellow Lentil Dahl

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Swede and Yellow Lentil Dahl
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Prep: 15 mins Cooks: 40 mins

Ingredients (Serves 4)

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  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 300 g white onionfinely diced
  • 5 cm gingerpeeled and finely chopped or grated
  • 150 g yellow lentils (dried)soaked and rinsed -see note
  • 1 tsp fenugreekground
  • 400 ml coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 150 g carrotpeeled and finely chopped
  • 300 g swedepeeled and finely chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin seedsground
  • 1 tsp fennel seedsground
  • 1 tsp nigella seedsplus more for garnish
  • 1 whole green chillideseeded and finely chopped
  • 400 ml water
  • 15-20 curry leaves
  • 120 g baby spinachroughly chopped
  • 1 tsp mustard seedsbrown, ground
  • 2 garlic clovesminced

To serve

  • 30 g coriander
  • 2 lime

This dahl uses a spice blend introduced to us by Romy Gill. When she visited our studio we challenged her to a "ready steady cook" style cook-off and she made some delicious pan-fried pumpkin with what she described as her 'desert island spice mix' - nigella, cumin, brown mustard seeds, fenugreek and fennel. We couldn't believe how good it tasted, as soon as filming was done the entire crew gathered around with their forks eating the pumpkin right out of the pan. Here we have used it to flavour a mild and creamy yellow lentil and swede dahl. Thank you Romy for the cooking lesson! If you have time and feel so inclined, serve it with our Wholegrain Naan Breads.

Prep: 15 mins Cooks: 40 mins

Ingredients (Serves 4)

Metric
Imperial

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 300 g white onionfinely diced
  • 5 cm gingerpeeled and finely chopped or grated
  • 150 g yellow lentils (dried)soaked and rinsed -see note
  • 1 tsp fenugreekground
  • 400 ml coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 150 g carrotpeeled and finely chopped
  • 300 g swedepeeled and finely chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin seedsground
  • 1 tsp fennel seedsground
  • 1 tsp nigella seedsplus more for garnish
  • 1 whole green chillideseeded and finely chopped
  • 400 ml water
  • 15-20 curry leaves
  • 120 g baby spinachroughly chopped
  • 1 tsp mustard seedsbrown, ground
  • 2 garlic clovesminced

To serve

  • 30 g coriander
  • 2 lime

Gather ...

Gather and prepare your ingredients.

Heat th...

Heat the oil in a large heavy-bottomed pan over medium-high heat. Add the onions with a sprinkle of salt and cook, stirring often, for 7-8 minutes, until softened and reduced. Add the ginger, chilli and garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes, until softened.

Add the...

Add the swede, carrot and tomato puree and cook for 2-3 minutes, until darkened. Then add the coconut milk, lentils and water and cook, covered, for 18-20 minutes, until the lentils are tender. Uncover occasionally to stir. Lentils catch easily so be sure to scrape the bottom as you stir.

Stir th...

Stir through the spices, spinach and curry leaves. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the spinach has wilted.

Serve i...

Serve in bowls with lots of lime juice and coriander. Toss the coriander leaves in lime juice to ensure even seasoning and fresh, flavour in each bite.

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