Recipe- Healthy & Simple Vegan Lentil Dahl

Want to eat something very low in fat, very high in protein, extremely cheap to make and super delicious? Vegan lentil dahl is for you! Dahl is a traditional Indian dish made from split pulses and spices; it is extremely healthy yet it makes a perfect comfort food type dish. It only takes at most, 35 minutes to make depending on how much you are making and it can keep for up to 3 days in the fridge once cooked or 6 months in the freezer. It is perfect for students, those on a budget and those looking to eat a bit healthier! Enjoy!

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You will need (serves two):

  • Half a cup of  dried split red lentils
  • Half a cup of brown lentils
  • Two sweet potatoes- sliced
  • 1 red pepper sliced in strips
  • Garam Masala spices to taste (Black and white peppercorns, Cloves, Cinnamon, or cassia bark, Mace (part of nutmeg),  Ginger, Black and green cardamom pods, Bay leaf, Cumin, Tumeric, chilli powder, onion powder)
  • A sprinkle of pink Himalayan sea salt
  • Fresh coriander, parsley and chives
  • One clove of crushed garlic
  • One tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 2 tbs  Oil of your choice- I like Olive oil

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How To Make It!

  1. Preheat oven to 180 Fan
  2. Coat the sweet potatoes and peppers in a small amount of oil and place in the oven for 20-30 minutes depending on how your oven cooks- in a fan oven mine took 25 mins.
  3. Place the lentil mix and ground spices in a pan of cold water (about 3/4 cups) bring to the boil and then simmer for 12-15 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent sticking and to help thicken the sauce. You will know it is cooked when the lentils are soft and the sauce is thick. You can add more spices to taste and salt if you want it.
  4. Add the roasted veg and top with the fresh coriander, parsley and chives- that is it!

This recipe couldn’t get any easier and it is so, so delicious and satisfying. I am a vegetarian so I have not added meat or any animal products at all. If you want to really bulk this dish up, you could add more fresh veg and perhaps some vegetarian quorn meat but it is a deceivingly filling meal and you do not need a very large portion! I hope you liked this recipe and give it a go! See you next time!

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