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7 dal recipes to make the most out of lentils

by Jessica Lockyer-Palmer

published on 23 March 2020

If you’re cooking from your store cupboard and have lentils at your disposal, there are few better ways to make them sing than with a hearty dal. Substantial and soothing, it’s a dish that lends itself to speedy midweek suppers as well as to batch cooking and freezing. Here are seven of our favourite recipes.

Gujarati Dal with Peanuts and Star Anise

Gujarati Dal with Peanuts and Star Anise

Meera Sosha’s Gujarati dal is layered with the aromatic flavours of star anise, cumin and clove, and topped with peanuts for added crunch.

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Meera Sodha

Masoor Dal

Masoor Dal

A classic recipe from Madhur Jaffrey that results in the creamiest, most fragrant masoor dal.

Melissa Hemsley’s Parsnip Dahl Topped with Roasted Parsnips and Pink Pickled Onions

Melissa Hemsley’s Parsnip Dahl Topped with Roasted Parsnips and Pink Pickled Onions

With the sweetness of parsnip and the fresh tang of pickled onions, Melissa Hemsley’s dal is full of vibrancy. Just what you need to brighten up a dull day.

Spinach, Squash and Sweet Potato Dhal with Cauliflower and Spinach Pakora

Spinach, Squash and Sweet Potato Dhal with Cauliflower and Spinach Pakora

by Elly Pear

Elly Pear’s base recipe of squash and sweet potato dal is given added crunch with a side of cauliflower and spinach pakoras.

Black Dal

Black Dal

by Georgina Hayden

Georgie’s creamy black dal is comfort food defined. Cooked low and slow, it’s the perfect recipe for when you have a little more time to spend in the kitchen.

Aubergine Dal with Crispy Cauliflower, Green Chutney, Dosa and a Crunchy Salad

Aubergine Dal with Crispy Cauliflower, Green Chutney, Dosa and a Crunchy Salad

by Lucy Carr-Ellison, Jemima Jones

This recipe centres around a delicious dal sweetened with dried apricots. We love the array of accompaniments you can serve alongside it, from a zingy green chutney to a whole-roasted cauliflower.

Dahl with Roasted Tomatoes

Dahl with Roasted Tomatoes

by Emma Cannon
from Fertile

This bright dahl served with sweet roasted tomatoes will bring a ray of sunshine to your kitchen table.

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