Chickpea and Sweet Potato Dahl

Lentils are no longer confined to the south Asian countries and Indian subcontinent, because of their capacity to be integrated into modern dishes and to be used in a variety of clever ways. One of my favorite pulses are red split lentils; not only are they delicious when used right, they are low in calories, high in iron and fiber, and contain a lot of protein.

Hereโ€™s one to fill up on by itself, to compliment a mid-week workout, or to get slightly cheekier with at the weekends when accompanied by naan bread, or one to drizzle over some fluffy rice and share with your friends during a Sunday evening dinner date.

Dahl – especially red lentil Dahl – is one of my favorite dishes to make. The red lentils transform very well into a versatile, filling texture that can be used in many ways. I make this dish very often without tiring of it and I’m very excited to share it with you all.

The recipe serves 5 and is:

V – vegan

D – dairy free

Ingredients:

  • Chickpeas, 400 g tin
  • Red lentils, 500 g
  • Onion, x2
  • Baby tomatoes, handful/ ~130 g
  • Garlic cloves, x3
  • Sweet potato, x3 medium size
  • Coconut milk, 1 tin
  • Cumin, x3 tblspns
  • Garam masala, x2 tblspns
  • Turmeric, x2 tblspns
  • Chilli flakes, x1 tblspns
  • Lime, x1/2
  • Bay leaves (optional for a more authentic taste), x4
  • Salt & pepper
  • Parsley (a few sprigs to garnish)

Method:

  1. Water fry the onions and garlic over medium heat for a couple of minutes before stirring in the cumin, garam masala, turmeric and chilli flakes.
  2. Add the tomatoes and sweet potato along with a splash more water and mix everything well.
  3. Add the chickpeas (with the original juice from the can) and the coconut milk, stirring everything well.
  4. Add the bay leaves (if using) along with the chickpeas after running water over them using a sieve. Stir everything well and add more water until it is an inch above the level of the contents.
  5. Leave to cook over medium heat for 35 mins, or until the sweet potato and lentils have softened.
  6. Squeeze on the juice of half a lime. Salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Let me know how it goes! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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