Yellow Dal with Crispy Onions

Yellow Dal with Crispy Onions


Another dal recipe today because I just can’t get enough. This one is very fresh and herby


3/4 cloves garlic

400g (dried) yellow split lentils

half bunch coriander 

Spinach (as much as you like, fresh or frozen)

1 tbsp cumin seeds

1 tbsp mustard seeds

Dried chilli (or fresh – as much as you like)

1 small sweet potato

1 red onion


Boil the lentils until very soft and smooth – for me it typically takes about 30 minutes in my trusty pressure cooker, or 1-1.5 hours in a regular saucepan.

When it’s nearly ready, add the finely chopped garlic, cumin seeds and mustards seeds to a couple of tablespoons in oil in a frying pan. When it starts to brown a little transfer it to a pestle and mortar and crush it into a paste. When the lentils are the texture you want, turn off the heat, add the garlic and spice mixture plus the chopped coriander and spinach. Taste and add salt if needed. 

While it cools a little, shallow fried some thinly sliced onion and grated sweet potato to add on top on a very high heat until crispy. 

Serve with Indian bread or rice – amazing with chutney.


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