Dhal with spinach

Dhal with spinach


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This dhal is made with yellow split peas and fresh spinach. We've also added three magic flavours—turmeric, fenugreek and garlic—into this spicy stew.

Patsy Jamieson, Diane Temple

Serves: 6 

  • DHAL
  • 1 cup yellow split peas, sorted and rinsed
  • 3 cups water
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon ground fenugreek (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon chilli powder
  • 400-g can diced tomatoes (undrained)
  • 80 g baby spinach leaves
  • 1 cup plain low-fat yoghurt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint

Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:50min  ›  Ready in:1hour10min 

  1. To make the dal: combine split peas, water and turmeric in a large saucepan. Bring to a simmer. Partially cover, reduce heat to medium-low and cook until split peas are tender, 40 to 45 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Add cumin seeds and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 10 to 20 seconds. Add onion and cook, stirring often, until softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Add ginger, garlic, fenugreek, if using, and chilli. Cook, stirring, until fragrant, 20 to 30 seconds. Add tomatoes and cook until most of the liquid has evaporated, 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. When split peas are tender, stir them and any remaining cooking liquid into tomato mixture, along with the spinach. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes to blend the flavours.
  4. To make the raita: mix the yoghurt, ground cumin and mint in a small bowl. Serve the dal with raita.
  5. Leftover dal will keep, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave, adding a little additional water, if necessary.

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Reviews (2)


Used different ingredients. Added a dollop or two of cream. - 08 Mar 2011


I added a bit of cream to it and it was a tasty meal. 3 kids under 4 ate it without complaint. I'll do it again! - 08 Mar 2011

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