Can’t beat soup on a winter’s day!

Hello,

My trusty kitchen assistant.
My trusty kitchen assistant.

We love Dahl in my house, it is such a versatile dish. A soup where you can really raid the store cupboard. The best thing, is that not only is it a yummy and comforting dish it is also packed full of veggie goodness. Plus it makes a filling lunch, or toast some naan bread/ add in some poppadoms and it makes a delicious dinner too. I didn’t discover Dahl until I was an adult, and I have loved it every since apart from a rocky patch during my pregnancies. The only thing was that my Dahl’s were always shop brought and never home made. Now that’s not a bad thing. It gave me the chance to find out exactly what it is that myself and my little pigs like about Dahl. Turns out we like some other vegetables mixed in with our Lentil Dahl soup.

Red Lentils
Red Lentils

Now became my hunt for a recipe I liked. I ended up basing my final receipe upon a few that I liked the look of, but still didn’t have everything I wanted. So I tweaked it a little. Turns out it has to be peas in my Dahl and I can’t substitute it with sweetcorn in a pinch. So here below is my own take on Lentil Dahl. It might not be completely traditional, but myself and my little pigs certainly enjoy it. I hope you lovelies do too.

Ingredients

Ingredients
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable/sunflower oil.
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves (crushed)
  • 1.5 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1.5 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1.5 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon garum marsala
  • 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper or chilli
  • 400g diced potatoes
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 litre of vegetable stock
  • 1 tablespoon of mango chutney
  • 300g of red lentils
  • 2 frozen lumps of spinach
  • 2 handfuls of frozen peas

Method

Diced onion, potato and minced garlic.
Diced onion, potato and minced garlic.
  1. Gently fry the onion for a few minutes. Add the garlic and potatoes and fry for another minute. Then add the spices and combine it all. It will look like a lot of spice, so don’t be alarmed and just tip it in!

    Spices
    Spices
  2. Add the tomatoes, stock, mango chutney and lentils. Bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes. Add the spinach and peas and simmer for another 15 minutes.
    Combined mixture before the stock is added.
    Combined mixture before the stock is added.

    It's ready for eating...yum...it smells delicious.
    It’s ready for eating…yum…it smells delicious.
  3. Toast some naan breads or warm some poppadoms and serve if you want to with a dollop of natural yoghurt if you need to reduce the heat. It always has to be fairly mild in my household as the little pigs don’t enjoy too much spice.

    Dinner for my little piggies this evening.
    Dinner for my little piggies this evening.

So there it is. Our Lentil Dahl. I realise as I write this that I don’t have any smooth soup recipes in my repertoire. Perhaps I should work on this but I prefer a good chunky stew-like soup in my defence. You probably realised this with my chorizo and lentil soup.

Thats it for now. Happy Eating!

Speak to you soon.

Wishing you well.

Stay At Home Piggy

 

 

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