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New Recipe Idea! Remi’s Dahl! Recipe Here!

Remi attends in our Brennonooll room and loves eating Dhal, he wishes to share his mum’s recipe with you! Enjoy!


  • 2 tbsp / 30 g ghee , or 1 tbsp oil + 1 tbsp/15g butter (Note 1)
  • 2 green cayenne chillies , deseeded and cut into chunks (optional) (Note 2)
  • 1 medium onion , finely chopped (brown or yellow)
  • 6 garlic cloves , finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp ginger , finely chopped (1.5cm / 3/5″)
  • 8 fresh curry leaves , or 6 dried (Note 3)
  • 1 tomato , chopped
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 cup dried chana dal , yellow split peas or other yellow lentils (Note 4 for other lentils)
  • 4 cups / 1 litre water
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/8 tsp garam marsala
  • 3/4 tsp salt


  1. Soak Lentils: Rinse lentils and leave to soak in plenty of water for 1 hour. Drain in colander.
  2. Heat ghee/oil in a heavy based saucepan over high heat. Add green chillies and fry for a minute until starting to blister.
  3. Add onions and fry until softened.
  4. Lower heat to medium, add garlic, ginger and curry leaves. Cook for 1 minute until garlic starts to turn golden and smells amazing.
  5. Add tomatoes and cumin, cook until tomatoes start to break down and thicken to a paste – about 2 minutes.
  6. Add lentils, water, tumeric and salt. Stir, bring to simmer, cover and simmer gently for 1 hour. Stir two or three times during the hour.
  7. Remove lid and simmer gently for 30 minutes to thicken, stirring every now and then. The dal is ready when it has a consistency like porridge – some lentils should be intact but some have broken down to thicken the sauce.
  8. Stir through garam masala at the end. Adjust salt if desired.
  9. Pour over Tadka, if using, and stir through.
  10. Serve Dal over rice, garnished with a sprig of coriander if desired.