Mixed Vegetable Dhal


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A dhal is a dish of simmered lentils flavoured with aromatic spices and usually served as a sauce. Serve it with naan breads and natural yogurt or raita.

Zoë Harpham

Serves: 4 

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 green chilli, deseeded and chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled and grated
  • 1 eggplant, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon mild curry powder
  • 2 teaspoons black mustard seeds
  • 3/4 cup (150g) split red lentils
  • 800ml vegetable stock, hot
  • 1 zucchini, halved and sliced
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander

Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:45min 

  1. Put the onion, garlic, chilli, carrot and eggplant into a flameproof casserole dish or large saucepan and stir in the oil and water. Heat until it starts to sizzle, then cover and cook gently for about 5 minutes until softened.
  2. Uncover and stir in the spices. Cook for 1 minute, then stir in the lentils and stock. Bring to the boil, then add the zucchini and tomato.
  3. Cover and simmer gently for 15 minutes, then uncover for a further 5 minutes, by which time the lentils should have burst open and thickened the liquid. Serve garnished with roughly chopped fresh coriander.

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Reviews (5)


the most yummiest Dhal and soooo easy - 31 Jul 2012


I loved this! I dont usually like indian, but i loved this!! - 18 Oct 2010


Made this for a recent family gathering. Wanted them to know that vegetarian food can be delicious and inexpensive. It was a hit. Making it again this week. Best ever dhal I've made. Didn't have eggplant $10kg - so put in zucchini instead. - 12 Aug 2015

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