Dal Recipe

So this morning I was happily making the world’s easiest dal recipe and wondering what I should blog about today. It’s very cold outside. It’s nearly lunchtime. Realisation slowly dawns on me that maybe I should blog about the dal.

Technically this is not actually dal, as it doesn’t contain tumeric, although you could add a little hot sauce to taste if you wanted to make it spicy. But it’s also not lentil soup, it’s too thick to be soup. We call it Dal in our house, for want of a better word.

This is an excellent baby food, my son loved this when he was first introduced to solid food and I’m making it for his lunch now, he’ll easily eat an adult sized bowl. And it’s Vegan. And it’s tasty.


3/4 of an onion, 1 tin of chopped tomatoes, 1 cup of split red lentils, 1 pint of vegetable stock, 1 tablespoon olive oil, spicy sauce (only if you’re feeding this to adults) salt and pepper


Chop the onion roughly (no need to be precise about this you’ll be blending it later anyway), put it in a microwavable bowl with a teaspoon of olive oil, cover and microwave on high for 4 minutes.

Add the tin of tomatoes, lentils, and vegetable stock, stir, cover and put it back in the microwave for 8 minutes on level 6 (or just over half strength)

Take it out and stir, add a little salt and pepper (and a dash of hot sauce if you’re feeding this to adults), cover and return to the microwave for another 7 minutes on level 8 (or just over 3/4 strength)

Leave to stand for 15 minutes then blend and serve. We eat ours with pita bread (cultural crossovers that we are)

It freezes really well (also a bonus for baby food) although you may want to add a little water when you reheat it.

And that’s it. I need to say that I didn’t make up this recipe, just modified it slightly from a recipe on this website http://www.worldofsoup.co.uk/6.html I hope it warms you up.

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