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Beyond Ghar Ki Dal (beyond, the traditional Indian dal) flavour image

Beyond Ghar Ki Dal (beyond, the traditional Indian dal)

Lentils have been a staple in our South Asian diet since ancient times and there are various types which vary in colour, size and texture.

While there are a variety of lentils, in this article we will focus on Red Split Lentils.

Red Split Lentils are complex carbohydrates  which are high in fibre and also low in fat and calories. Their high protein content makes lentils a perfect option for those looking to boost their protein intake and are perfect for cooking soups, curries, salads and desi cuisine.

Here’s a quick tip: When adding your flavourings, after popping the lentils and water into the pan, do not add salt just yet. This toughens them if added at the beginning of cooking.

Red split lentils can be enjoyed in a variety of ways, below are just a few meal ideas for your recipe book:

  • • Red Lentil Tadka Dal for a traditional Indian meal – the ultimate South Asian comfort food, with warm cooked lentils, topped with a sizzling tadka made from spices, tomatoes, onions, ginger and garlic.
  • • Spicy Red Lentil Soup and Cheese Chapatis – put a cheesy twist on a classic dal and chapati combo with mango chutney, cheese and onion sandwiched in-between two chapatis like a quesadilla and toasted on a non-stick pan.
  • • Desi Sweet Potato and Dal Pie – spiced red lentil dal is topped with creamy sweet potato mash in these individual vegetarian pies – this makes for a cheap weeknight dinner option.
  • • Flatbread with Red Lentil Pâté – coriander flatbreads with a red lentil pâté is a fragrant but simple Moroccan-inspired dish, it is a perfect snack or starter.

Roasted Vegetable, Mushroom, Lentil and Halloumi bake – roasted vegetables, sweet potatoes and lentils give this dish extra body and natural sweetness.

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