Tarka Dhal (serves 4)

“This Tarka Dhal isn’t the quickest recipe but its super easy and really cheap to make if you have a selection of spices ready to use.  You normally see this on menus as a side dish but I think it deserves to be a main!”

  • 350g chana dal rinsed(yellow dried split peas)
  • Coconut oil
  • 1 large onion
  • Dried chilli - as much as you dare
  • 4cm piece of ginger peeled and grated
  • 3 or 4 garlic cloves crushed
  • 3 medium tomatoes chopped
  • 1tsp turmeric
  • 1tsp cumin
  • 1tsp garam masala
  • 1tsp gound coriander
  • Salt and pepper
  • Cook your split peas to packet instructions - it will probably take 40 -50 mins or so. You can always cook your split peas the night before if you know you're going to be short on time.
  • Heat your coconut oil in a pan and add your onion, cook over a low heat until they have a lovely golden colour.
  • Add the garlic, ginger and all of the spices, give it a good stir and then after a minute or two add your chopped tomatoes. Continue cooking until they break down and turn a bit mushy.
  • Add your cooked split peas and stir everything together. You'll probably need to add a little water to loosen the texture a bit so do this now and season to taste. Don't be shy with the seasoning - this dish needs it.
  • Serve with brown rice.