This is one of my favourite things to cook and eat. Even though I have made it many times, I never stop being impressed with this dish. There is SO much flavour and it quickly comes together with a few basic ingredients. Not only is it delicious, it is inexpensive and healthy. I picked up a big bag of lentils for under 3 dollars!! I like to add coconut milk to my dhal for a bit of added richness, though I am not sure how authentic that is. I garnish it with fresh cilantro and lime wedges. The other thing I often do, is shred up some spinach and let it take the place of some or all of the rice. I have always done this with the curries that I make, it adds a bit of green goodness and then I just stir it all together and start piling it onto pieces of flatbread. The chapati flatbreads I serve with this are made from flour, water & salt. If you are trying to eat plant based and worried about the cost or that the food is boring and lacking in flavour, just put this recipe into your repertoire.
What is Dhal?
Dhal can also be spelled dal, dahl or daal (I'm not sure if one spelling is more correct). It's a term used in the Indian subcontinent to describe dried beans, lentils or peas. It also is a term used for the finished dish, of which many variations exist. I don't know how authentic my recipe is, but it's what I like to eat.
Onto the recipes
If you want to watch how I make Dhal & Chapati, check out my short 4 minute video on YouTube! Written version below.
Red Lentil Dhal with Coconut Milk
Whole Wheat Chapati
Recipe:Yield: 12 Chapatis
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